Meet Bulma, the Young-Williams Animal Center Pet of the Week.
Bulma is an almost-pure bred German Shepherd mix and is available for adopttion at the animal shelter.
Be sure to bring your pets indoors during inclement weather this weekend. If pets live outside, they must have food, water and shelter from extreme weather.
Extreme weather is defined by Knox County law as “conditions that pose life-threatening health conditions to animals who are dependent upon their owners’ care and protection. Extreme weather conditions shall include temperatures reported and verified by the National Weather Service below 32 degrees.”
Such shelter must be placed in a dry area free of debris, feces and standing water. It must have at least three sides and a weatherproof roof; have a solid level floor raised at least two inches from the ground and be adequately ventilated; it must provide shelter from wind, rain, sun, extreme weather conditions and the elements at all times.
The law also states that snow or ice is not an adequate water source.
Violators are subject to fines and penalties.
To report an animal left outside in extreme weather conditions, contact Knox County Animal Control or City of Knoxville Animal Control at 865-215-2444.
If any pet owner is unable to provide proper shelter for their animal, that owner also can contact Knox County Animal Control or City of Knoxville Animal Control through the same number.
If pets must be outside there are lower cost ways to provide adequate housing through, hay, storage containers and so forth.