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Pets need protection, too, from dangerously low temperatures

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 8:56 PM

Experts: If it's too cold for you to be outside, it's too cold for your pets, too

Make sure your four-legged friends are protected from these dangerously low temperatures.

Dogs and cats also need protection from the wet and cold.

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The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center has these tips for pet owners:

  • Keep your pets inside -- cats, small- and short-haired dogs are best kept indoors when it gets cold.
  • Inside also is the best place for outdoor dogs. But they need a dry, elevated dog house with clean, dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out. Or, consider adding a dog door to the garage/shed with a soft cushion in the warmest corner. 
  • A bowl of frozen water cannot help a thirsty pet. check outdoor water bowls when it is below freezing. Break and remove ice and refill with fresh water often. Heated water bowls can be purchased that prevents the water from freezing.
  • Increase the food amount for outdoor dogs, which need more calories in the winter to produce body heat. On the other hand, if your indoor cats and dogs are getting less exercise in the colder months, they may need fewer calories to avoid weight gain.

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  • Chemicals to melt snow and ice on sidewalks can irritate your pet’s paws. Wipe them with a wet cloth after an outing. Dogs outside in the snow may need the ice between their paw pads removed.
  • Antifreeze tastes good to pets, but it is a deadly poison. The most likely source of the poison is radiator drainage spots in the garage, which should be flushed with water immediately.
  • A cat may crawl under your car seeking shelter and warmth near the engine. It may get caught in the fan and become seriously injured when the engine is started.

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More dogs are lost during the winter than any other season, so make sure yours always has its license on its collar, and consider getting your pet microchipped.

You can purchase your 2018 dog license om in Montgomery County through Jan. 31 at or call 937-225-4314. To report suspected animal neglect or cruelty, call the ARC at 937-898-4457 or email

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Children injured in crash involving RTA bus remain in critical condition

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:19 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

'Critical' next few days for kids hurt in RTA crash

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m.:

The two children injured in a car crash involving an RTA and four other vehicles Tuesday remain in critical condition Saturday, according to a Dayton Children’s Hospital representative.

Emmanuel Caldwell, 6, and Eric Caldwell, 7, of Harrison Twp. were in the backseat of the bronze 1998 Cadillac Deville that struck an RTA bus causing a chain reaction into a parking lot of an Auto Zone on North Main Street, according to a crash report.

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The driver of the Cadillac, David L. Gregory, 39, of Harrison Twp. was taken to Grandview Medical Center where his condition is not known.

He is suspected to have been under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the crash report stated.

Eric E. Caldwell, 32, of Harrison Twp. was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. His condition has yet to be released.

No one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, the crash report stated.


Two children injured after a crash Tuesday afternoon involving four vehicles and an RTA bus have been on ventilators since the crash, and family said the next few days are critical to their survival. 

The siblings, Emmanuel, 6, and Eric, 7, are best friends, according to family. The family said they've been told by doctors that Emmanuel, especially, may not survive.

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Both children are being watched for fevers and additional swelling on the brain after they sustained "horrific" injuries.

“It breaks my heart, you know,” said Ryan Morgan, a police officer and the boys' uncle. "They're my nephews. I was there when both of them were born. I deal with this type of stuff all the time, but when it's your own family, it hits you especially hard." 

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Deputies said they believe the driver of the vehicle the boys were in was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Preliminary indicatations are that the two men in the Cadillac with the children are their father and uncle. 

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Both men remain hospitalized. Neither they nor the children were wearing safety belts, according to a traffic crash report. 

The Cadillac struck an RTA bus, setting off a chain reaction crash that ended in the parking lot of an Auto Zone on North Main Street. 

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Slick road conditions throughout Miami Valley

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:02 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

What is the difference between rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow? Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs has the answers.

A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow will fall causing slick road conditions for Saint Patrick’s Day morning, according to StormCenter 7 meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

Roads will be icy especially on bridges and overpasses, so be sure to use caution during your commute.

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A two vehicle injury accident was reported on West Dorothy Lane and Encrete Lane around 7:40 a.m. with heavy damage.

A van was found in a field with down power lines on 49 Gettysburg-Pitsburg Rd. in Arcanum around 7 a.m., according to scanner traffic. It is not known if road conditions were a cause of the accident.

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Winter weather advisory dropped for Miami Valley

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:27 AM

There will be a wintry mix this morning followed by scattered showers this afternoon.

The winter weather advisory for the Miami Valley has been dropped, according to Storm Center 7 meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. A wintry mix of rain/sleet is pushing northeast out of the Miami Valley this morning. Roads may still remain slick for some, especially on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses. Also, watch for black ice on sidewalk, porches and driveways.

Temperatures will slowly climb and precipitation will change to rain showers by late morning with improving conditions in the afternoon. Clouds will linger through the day as we dry out late day into the evening. Highs for the day will climb into the lower 40s. Skies then begin to clear overnight and temperatures will fall back below freezing. Some isolated slick spots are possible with any roads still damp from earlier precipitation.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

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  • Freezing rain, sleet and snow this morning
  • Chance of showers this afternoon
  • More sun and milder for Sunday


Tomorrow: There will be sunny skies and it will be warmer with highs into the lower 50s.

>>What is freezing rain and how is it different from snow and sleet?

Monday: Some morning sun will give way to more clouds through the day. There will be a chance for a few showers towards the evening. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with a few rain or snow showers early. It will be mostly cloudy for most of the day. A few more rain/snow showers may return into the night. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Wednesday: There will be a chance for a few passing snow showers and chilly with highs in the upper 30s.

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Winter Weather Advisory in effect; slick roads likely

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

Icy conditions expected for early St. Patrick's Day.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through noon. Mixed precipitation with ice accumulation up to one-tenth of an inch is expected. Be prepared for slippery roads as surface temperatures hover around freezing.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


    • Increasing clouds, freezing rain and sleet develop after midnight
    • Icy early St. Patrick’s Day
    • Clearing, milder to end the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast


Overnight: Expect freezing rain/sleet to become widespread after 3 or 4 a.m. with slick spots developing. Up to one-tenth inch of ice accumulation is possible by morning, creating for slippery travel conditions. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Saturday: A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet will be likely in the morning. As temperatures climb, precipitation will change to just rain showers by late morning with improving conditions in the afternoon. It will remain mostly cloudy as we dry out late in the day. Highs will reach back into the lower 40s.

Sunday: Sunny skies will end the weekend with milder temperatures reaching into the lower 50s.

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Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. There will be the chance for a few showers toward late evening or into the night. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with rain showers during the day mixing with or changing to snow showers late in the day or evening. Highs will be in the lower 40s but fall into the 30s with blustery conditions.

Wednesday: Snow showers will be around, possibly mixed with rain. Highs will be in the upper 30s.

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