A dog, and a puppy, are safe today thanks to two observant detectives in Danville, Virginia. The detectives were serving a search warrant on Monday when they noticed the dogs outside, tethered to trees in the yard, with no access to food, water, or shelter.
The City of Danville Police Department writes:
At the conclusion of a search warrant investigators noticed two dogs tethered behind a house. In this case enforcement action was necessary to save these animals.
Adding a word of warning to other pet owners:
As a reminder – it is unlawful to tether animals in heat over 85 degrees.
Lt. David Whitley, with the police department, stated:
“You really need to, to consider the environment and the conditions outside before you allow your animal outside and leave it outside, whether that be on a tether or in a fence. And food and water are a necessity. You got to take care of our animals like they’re our family.”
Thanks to the observant detectives, both dogs have been safely removed from their owner’s custody. Animal neglect charges may be forthcoming, reports WSLS News.
Please be vigilant in your own neighborhood – if you see dogs tethered outside in the heat, please reach out to your local animal control agency and/or the police department. Lives depend on it!
(Image via city of Danville Police Department Facebook page)
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