NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A woman has been charged after her dog was found dead in the freezing cold Tuesday morning.
According to a release, Metro Animal Care and Control officers responded to the home in the Parkwood-Union Hill neighborhood around 11:45 a.m.
Upon arrival, officers discovered two Great Pyrenees mixes in the back yard.
One of the dogs was dead. A necropsy will be performed to determine an exact cause of death.
The owner of the dogs, Tamera Puckett, surrendered the remaining dog, which has been examined and, according to Animal Control, is alert and doing well.
Puckett was charged with state animal cruelty, a misdemeanor.
In the past, she has been cited by Metro Animal Control for failure to vaccinate and animal cruelty for failure to groom.
Neighbors say it was typical for the dogs to be outside, no matter how hot or cold.
Anita Selby, a friend of a neighbor, called police Tuesday to report the deceased dog. Selby said the dog deserved better.
“It’s so cold and your dogs need to be cared for,” said Selby. “If you can’t take care of a dog, don’t get a dog.”
Temperatures in Nashville and surrounding areas are expected to stay below freezing until at least Wednesday.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Read more here.
“This is a tragic reminder of the importance of bringing in your pets during extreme temperatures,” Mayor Megan Barry said. “If you are the owner of a dog or cat that lives outdoors, please bring them inside a heated area. If you see an animal left outside, be sure to call emergency services as soon as possible so they can respond accordingly.”
Anyone concerned about an animal’s welfare during inclement weather should call 911. In all other instances, call 615-862-8600 for assistance.