Metro Animal Care and Control works to keep animals safe in the cold

Metro Animal Control
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Workers and volunteers with Metro Animal Care and Control are making sure pets aren’t out in the cold without proper shelter.

But they are urging residents to do their part.

“If you see something, say something. Never assume that somebody else has called,” stated Rebecca Morris with the Metro Animal Care and Control.

“We really need the citizens of Nashville to let us know what they’re seeing. They’re our eyes and ears. They can let us know if an animal needs help, and we will respond as quickly as we possibly can to that situation.”

If you have a pet who stays outside, here are few things to keep in mind:

  • There is a tethering ordinance in Davidson County. It states that animals cannot be tied up outside if temperatures drop below freezing. If an animal is outside in a pen or enclosure and not tied up, they must have adequate shelter. That means it has to have a roof, three walls and a floor. The animal also needs to be able to sit down, turn around, and lay down.
  • If you want to use insulation, don’t use blankets since they can freeze. Instead, lay down straw and hay because that will insulate the shelter.
  • Finally, the animals need access to fresh water and food, but don’t forget that water will freeze outside when it’s cold enough.