Animal cruelty can be reported in freezing weather

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As winter weather hits Clarksville, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Humane Society reminds residents to report any signs of animal abuse or cruelty, especially pets left outside. Pet owners should be more aware of their pets during cold weather and look for signs of distress like whining, shivering and looking uncomfortable.

Amy Shaver, Executive Director of the Humane Society talked about some important things to keep in mind involving pets and cold weather. “If it’s absolutely not possible for people to bring their pets indoors, it’s just imperative they have the appropriate accommodations so pets can get some relief. Especially with the weather being super cold all week long,” Shaver said.

Montgomery Co., TN Regulations state: “It shall be unlawful for the owner or custodian of any animal to refuse or fail to provide such animal with sufficient wholesome and nutritious food, potable water, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, humane care and treatment, or to unnecessarily and unreasonable expose any such animal in hot, stormy, cold or inclement weather.”

It further defines cruelty as “Any act or omission whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, or death of an animal is caused or permitted, including failure to provide proper drink, air, space, shelter or protection, a sanitary and safe living environment, veterinary care or nutritious food in sufficient quantity.”

If you see a pet outdoors without adequate food, water or shelter, or that appears to be in distress, call Animal Control at (931) 648-5750 during business hours. After hours, call 911 if in city limits for the Clarksville Police Department at 931-648-0656. If outside of the City limits, call the Montgomery Co. Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line (931-648-0611).