Not all animals are meant to live outside in southeastern Virginia. Domestic pets like dogs and cats are often unprepared to battle the elements and navigate suburbia. That’s why there are some requirements if you plan to have your pet outside for an extended period of time.
In Chesapeake, pet owners are required to provide adequate shelter for them while they’re outside. This means something that’s appropriate for the animal’s size, is safe, and protects it from injury and the weather. Also, animals can only be tethered for one consecutive hour and someone needs to be on property during that time.
If you’re ever concerned about the well being of an animal, call the non-emergency police line, 382-6161, to reach an animal control officer who can look into it. They’ll consider things like weather conditions, the animal’s breed (e.g., huskies have very different needs than chihuahuas), and the animal’s condition (is it huddling in the corner shivering or playing happily). You can also call Animal Services using the non-emergency police line if you see strays roaming about. They’ll bring the animal in to keep them safe while they work to reconnect them with their owner or to place them up for adoption.
For more information visit CityofChesapeake.net/AnimalServices.