BEDFORD, Va. (WSET) -- The Bedford Police Department said Animal Control will be following up on complaints about people leaving their pets out in the cold.
They said summonses could be issued to pet owners who don't bring them inside.
Police said many residents commented on their Facebook post about taking care of their pets during the cold.
They said they want to clarify that this is intended for pet owners of domestic animals who are not designed to be outside in frigid temperatures, like the ones expected Thursday, Friday, and during the potential snowfall this weekend.
Police said calls will be taken on a case by case decision of Animal Control.
If you have a short-haired pet without sufficient fur to sustain cold temperatures, they should not be left outside, police said.
The police department said they are getting calls and finding many of the pets are being left outside without sufficient housing and warmth.
They said if officers don't check on the animals they get calls about, they are not doing their jobs.
Animal Control said they have evidence to support their findings that many animals are being left in frigid temperatures when they should not be.