NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two dogs found tied up outside in the freezing temperatures have some people in north Nashville concerned.
“This has gone on for quite a while now,” Ryan Hodge explained to News 2, expressing that he’s tired of seeing the dogs suffer.
“Especially being a pet owner myself, a dog lover, it breaks my heart every time. They’re either shivering, standing close to whatever warmth they could possibly get, or just trying to get attention from somebody passing by.”
Hodge said he has driven by at all hours of the day.
“We have not seen any food, water. Water is usually frozen, especially in the temperatures,” said Hodge.
News 2 called Metro Animal Control and took a ride out to the house with them.
Officer Joshua Holland noticed one dog’s leash was wrapped around the trampoline, making its tether too short to reach its housing. The other dog didn’t have water and was tied to a chain.
Holland notified the owner that this was a violation of the new ordinance. He also told News 2 they are educating animal owners of the new rule for now.
“Right now we are basically educating people about the new ordinance. I did inform him from now on when the weather is below freezing he will have to bring the dog in.”
Holland said he will check back on the dogs if the temperature drops below freezing.
The owner did refill the water bowl while News 2 was there.
Metro Animal Control said they will issue a citation if the owner doesn’t comply.