In Raleigh, North Carolina, the founder of a local animal rescue posted photos of dogs lying in the freezing cold chained up in the snow. Just hours later, social media attention helped to advance the urgent need for pet owners to care for their pets during the subzero winter blast, as well as to advocate for stricter penalties for those who ignore the dire need of their pets.
According to Amanda Miller, founder of Bail for Tails Rescue, the two dogs named Tiger and Torch had been chained up during the snowstorm on Wednesday evening. It wasn’t Amanda’s intention to create negative drama; she was worried about the dogs and the lack of response from local authorities became frustrating:
“Ok I have about had it with Harnett County AC !!! These poor dogs (2 pit bulls) have been chained up day in & day out !!! Now even in the snow & just laying on the freezing cold ground !!!,,” Amanda posted on her Facebook page. “People have been calling AC & the sheriffs department & they have yet to go out & even check on these poor dogs .. The sheriffs department stated there is no issue & they have more important things to deal with then just dogs that are cold !!! You have got to be kidding me .. Gotta love Harnett County & them not following there (sic) laws that are out in place.”
Amanda posted contact information asking advocates to call – these dogs needed help immediately:
“Harnett County Sheriffs office non- emergency line
Animal Control – 1-910-814-2952”
It wasn’t long before the two photos went viral, and it became the perfect time to remind pet owners in Harnett County that the law states there must be appropriate shelter and insulation for pets left outdoors during times of inclement weather. WncnNews reports Amanda was able to bring the owners supplies to keep their dogs warm.
“There’s a lack of knowledge about animals. Some people do think ‘OK, they have a fur coats, it’s OK to be outside’,” stated Amanda. “Not the case. Some dogs do freeze because they don’t have the proper coat. After everything happened we got together we got donations, proper dog houses, the cedar wood chips, – it holds in the heat, even with the straw it holds in the heat, use wheat straw -it holds the heat better.”
The dog owners were very grateful for the help and admitted they did not know the lives of their dogs had been in danger of freezing.
Amanda also believes there is a need for stricter animal protection laws in North Carolina, and it seems that many dog owners are thankful for the information and the help from the volunteers and the generous donations.
By Thursday, Animal Control and the Sheriffs Department had responded. Amanda updated the situation for Tiger and Torch and perhaps many other dogs no longer having to shiver in the freezing temperatures:
“Ok I just got off the phone & the deputy went out there with AC & the people were Home & answered the door .. They told the owners they needed to go get new dog houses for the dogs & in this weather they needed to be In side .. They also told the owners that would be back to check on them to make sure they follow what they were told .. If they don’t & they go back there & see the dogs still out there without new shelter they will be fined & the dogs will be taken ..
I am still going to go over there later & just drop hay off on their porch for these dogs .. If anyone who made a donation would like their money sent back to them please let me .. If you don’t want it back it will be used for the dogs we still have in our rescue that are still undergoing treatment .. Either way please let me know what you would like to do with your donations that were sent ..
Thank you all again for all the shares & calls that were made about these poor babies ..
God bless you all .. From our family to yours”
To help Bail for Tails Rescue keep more pets warm and healthy this winter, donations can be made to PayPal at email@example.com. For more information about this organization, please click here.
(Photos of dogs lying in freezing cold Amanda Miller)
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