ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) – Rescue workers have been busy with calls about animals neglected left out in the elements.
The Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter says they've gotten close to 100 calls the past couple days from neighbors concerned about pets out in the cold.
Volunteers with the Ashland Animal Rescue Fund say they've picked up several dogs, including seven pups in Russell that were seen laying out in the snow.
They say the pups’ mother was also seen tied up outside. Volunteer Tara Patterson says they convinced the owner to release that dog to their custody as well.
“It's heartbreaking,” Patterson said. “There are little spots on their noses that got frost bit. They were lying in the snow. They would have never survived this."
Those pups are now staying at an AARF volunteer's home awaiting adoption.
There was a similar case in Lawrence County, Ohio. Workers at the dog pound in Ironton say they picked up a litter of pups left by the side of a road in a bucket.
The AARF group says they'll take in any dog that needs shelter and even provide hay or a dog house to anyone who needs it.
Experts say in cold weather like this you should check on your pet and make sure it has fresh water that's not frozen.
They say blankets are not the best idea because they can get moist and freeze. They say hay is preferable, or just bring them inside.
If you leave a pet out in this frigid weather you can receive a misdemeanor citation for animal cruelty.