As the weather gets chillier with the approaching winter season, police want to remind pet owners that the cold weather can be harmful to their four-legged companions.

"Dogs should be kept safe and inside if possible because of the cold weather conditions," said Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye Monday morning, Nov. 25.

The same is true for cats, according to information posted on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website.

According to the ASPCA, cats can freeze or become lost, and those risks are in addition to the ones felines face when left out to roam any time of the year, which are exposure to and potential spread of disease. The organization also advised car owners to bang on the hoods of vehicles before starting them because cats left outside sometimes sleep under the hoods of vehicles to stay warm. When the motor is started, the cat could be injured or killed.

The ASPCA advised dog owners never to let their canines off leash on snow or ice, particularly during a storm, because dogs can lose track of familiar scents and become lost.