STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Neighbors concerned about tethered dogs in Limestone Co.

WAAY 31 spoke with people who believe their neighbor's dogs aren't being properly cared for. We also spoke with animal control officers about what can be done in these types of situations.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 7:24 PM

Folks in Limestone County are concerned about the living conditions of some pets in their neighborhood.

An anonymous viewer sent WAAY 31 a picture, showing a dog tethered and surrounded by water at a home on Pepper Farm Lane in Elkmont.

WAAY 31 went out to check on that dog, and we spoke to animal control officers about what can be done in these types of situations.

We also spoke with people who believe their neighbor's dogs aren't being properly cared for.

“I just feel bad for these dogs. I’ve got dogs and I can imagine if they were mine," One man said. "Part of having a dog is taking care of it, and if you can’t even take it some covers, something’s got to be done.”

That man didn’t want to be identified, but he doesn’t live far from a home where many neighbors have been keeping an eye on the homeowner's dogs.

This comes after someone snapped a picture of one of the homeowner's dogs surrounded by water after a pipe burst and posted that picture on social media.

Luckily, when WAAY 31 checked on the dog on Thursday, that was no longer the case. That's because Limestone County Animal Control officers responded to the home and moved the dog away from the water.

Still, folks are upset about the animals’ living conditions.

“Seeing them physically tangled up. They chew their cords off to go get food and they tear trash out," a neighbor said. "So, any time we can, we try to give them some food or something. But somebody is always stopping by to untangle these dogs.”

And it’s not just the tangling and the lack of food that the man says he’s worried about.

“With the weather we’ve been having, it’s been awful for them," he said.

In fact, one woman came by and left pine shavings and a comforter for the dogs.

“I got up this morning and drove by there and they’re still on the side of the road, and those poor dogs are freezing. And we’re expecting more rain tomorrow and all night.”

WAAY 31 spoke with Limestone County Animal Control officers who have responded to the home multiple times. They tell us the state law requires pets must have food, shelter, and water.

Because these particular dogs are being fed by neighbors, and they do have dog houses, Animal Control can’t take them away.

They also tell WAAY 31 there’s no current state law that requires pet owners to bring their animals inside during extreme weather. However, there is a rule of thumb.

“If you’re cold, your dog is probably also cold," Animal Control Deputy Gil Moore said. "And if your dog dies from freezing, then animal cruelty charges could be brought.”

In the meantime, neighbors and animal lovers just want to see some changes.

“There’s nothing you can do. All you can do is just sit back and watch," one man said. "I just hope that either she comes around or somebody does the right thing for the animals. One or the other will happen soon, I’ve got a feeling.”

Although Limestone County Animal Control officers have responded to the home on Pepper Farm Lane several times, they tell WAAY 31 there have been no signs that the dogs are malnourished.

Huntsville
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 41°
Florence
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 46°
Fayetteville
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 43°
Decatur
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 44°
Scottsboro
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 50°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 260359

Reported Deaths: 3776
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson34716513
Mobile20452370
Madison14215153
Tuscaloosa13755173
Montgomery12731243
Shelby1110278
Baldwin9341137
Lee801566
Morgan722855
Etowah692170
Calhoun6809121
Marshall675058
Houston552739
DeKalb512940
Cullman480246
St. Clair460357
Limestone455046
Lauderdale443357
Elmore432567
Walker3861112
Talladega381157
Jackson361623
Colbert341546
Blount315845
Autauga289342
Franklin262634
Coffee257717
Dale244454
Dallas234932
Chilton233641
Covington232434
Russell23153
Escambia206932
Tallapoosa190291
Chambers187551
Clarke164120
Pike163814
Marion148236
Winston144725
Lawrence137336
Pickens129720
Geneva12818
Marengo126724
Bibb125238
Barbour121429
Butler120042
Randolph107022
Cherokee106724
Hale101432
Fayette99916
Clay94825
Washington93921
Henry8996
Monroe84611
Lowndes82629
Cleburne80714
Macon77122
Crenshaw73330
Conecuh72914
Lamar7258
Bullock70919
Perry6987
Wilcox65518
Sumter59522
Greene44518
Choctaw43519
Coosa3824
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 388252

Reported Deaths: 4781
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby49731687
Davidson44813429
Knox20269159
Rutherford18968169
Hamilton18210162
Williamson1209086
Sumner10566142
Out of TN900254
Wilson801684
Montgomery717286
Sullivan6979111
Washington6572116
Maury636472
Putnam614284
Blount608963
Bradley571637
Madison5602114
Sevier528735
Unassigned519025
Robertson404356
Tipton385839
Hamblen372462
Gibson339372
Greene335574
Dyer332652
Anderson323931
Coffee306043
Dickson305037
Carter298361
Bedford295734
Lawrence290237
McMinn281056
Obion278053
Cumberland272937
Roane255731
Warren251919
Jefferson245435
Loudon244320
Fayette236940
Monroe234146
Hardeman229538
Weakley227136
Franklin224538
Lauderdale213123
Hawkins213035
Wayne197610
Henderson195934
Trousdale192612
Macon190829
White188619
Rhea187836
Hardin186027
Carroll185336
Marshall185322
Lincoln177520
Cocke172030
Cheatham169617
Haywood168830
Campbell165324
Henry163321
Overton157736
Giles157649
Smith150920
Johnson147523
McNairy143734
Fentress126824
DeKalb124624
Hickman124619
Bledsoe12245
Lake11936
Marion118719
Crockett118428
Scott11737
Grainger108818
Chester106322
Decatur97413
Claiborne96410
Unicoi96026
Benton88016
Lewis81516
Cannon8104
Grundy80614
Morgan7996
Union7665
Humphreys7648
Jackson72510
Polk70915
Stewart63317
Houston60520
Sequatchie5845
Clay57119
Meigs52512
Perry50922
Moore4202
Pickett39814
Van Buren3872
Hancock1964

Community Events