Sam Wall

According to experts, the furry creatures that many people consider family members need some extra care to keep them safe in freezing temperatures this time of year.

Christiansburg resident Dennis Davis said that he has seen animals tied up outside with little or no shelter over the last few weeks.

“It’s got to be a total lack of compassion for another living creature,” he said. “That is lost on people for some reason.”

Local experts said that each animal’s needs differ, but dogs that are tethered and unable to roam freely to find protection from the elements can be especially vulnerable.

Virginia’s tethering ordinance states that the rope or chain tied to the dog must be at least three times the animal’s size and must allow it to be able to move freely without getting tangled or strangled.

That ordinance leaves a lot of room for…

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