Winter is just around the corner, and Laramie County Animal Control is reminding pet owners not to leave their furry friends out in the cold.

"Around this time of year Animal Control receives a significant amount of phone calls regarding animals kept outside in the cold," City of Cheyenne spokesman Michael Skinner said in a press release.

"There are many factors that contribute into an animal's ability to withstand colder temperatures, however, if your animal is deemed to be outside without proper food, drink, or protection from the weather adequate for the species you can be cited according to Wyoming State Statute," Skinner added.

Those who see a pet left out in the cold can report it by calling their local animal control agency.


LOOK: 30 fascinating facts about sleep in the animal kingdom

KEEP LOOKING: See What 50 of America's Most 'Pupular' Dog Breeds Look Like as Puppies

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

More From Laramie Live