Columbia Animal Control Officer Brandon Anderson said it's the law to have proper housing for dogs and if dog owners don't follow them, they might just find themselves facing an animal abuse charge on their records and usually it's charged as a misdemeanor with a hefty fine.
The Wicomico County Humane Society is proposing changes to a county ordinance that will better protect dogs.
"The level of care that they have to provide is different when the weather gets this extreme", she said.
Animal cruelty investigators are trying to locate the owner of a dog that froze to death after it was left outside in frigid temperatures Thursday. However, he mentioned the utilities to the house were shut off recently. "She didn't appear to be in poor health, but it's hard to tell when she's curled up and frozen".
Victor Vallejo Sr. is being investigated after one of his dogs was found dead and completely frozen outside his home
According to the report, Goodrich gave the dog to the local humane society.
An Ohio humane society is investigating a case where officials say a dog was found outside a home "frozen solid". He added Lancaster increased legislation for outside dogs to make it more specific in recent years. "They had plenty of food and water", he said in explanation of his absence. "It's important to ensure that they have a proper shelter if they are going to be outside in those types of weather conditions".
Vallejo said he has no idea how Nanas got outside because "everything was locked up tight". He recommended finding a video on YouTube or Facebook with instructions on how to build a shelter out of a plastic tub. The ribs and spine of the second dog, 4-year-old Haze, were prominent.
While the organization seeks to be responsive and efficient with all complaint calls, Schoonover said there are two people covering the whole county.