Over the last 48 hours, Metro Animal Control has received more than a 100 welfare checks on cold animals.Metro Animal Control Officer Billy Biggs told News 2 his crews see animals with no shelter to animals with no food to frozen water bowls."If you can take them in at all, you should," he advised.On Wednesday morning Nashville's News 2 went along with Briggs to several homes where citizens called in welfare checks. In Woodbine, a frozen water bowl was found, but no dog. Officers left a note on the homeowner's door asking them to call Animal Control. From there we go to a Nolensville Road car dealership where two dogs were reportedly in distress.A pen was checked and the dogs seemed well maintained.Officers perked up when they heard the sounds of roosters coming from a rear pen at the dealership. Upon farther investigation it was also discovered pigeons and bunnies were living in a filthy shed filled with feces and old food. One of the rabbits is sitting in a plastic container and licking a block of ice where its water was.According to Biggs, the particular zip code where the animals were located does not allow chickens and roosters are prohibited in Metro. Briggs said he will give the owner 10 days to get rid of the chickens and to educate him on the other animals.Metro Animal Control officials encourage owners to bring their pets inside if possible during cold weather.
If bringing the animals inside is not an option, make sure there is shelter, straw, blankets and plenty of food and water available. To request a welfare check, call 615-862-7928.