It's Cold Outside! VB Animal Enforcement Unit Reminds Us To Keep Our Pets Warm!

Tuesday, January 02, 2018


January 2, 2018 - 2 p.m.

The Virginia Beach Animal Enforcement Unit would like to remind everyone to be aware of the winter weather and the impact on their companion pets. It is a common misunderstanding that animals have fur and are able to stay warm in cold weather. In truth cold weather tolerance is different for every animal. 

Virginia Law states that every companion animal is required to be provided adequate food, water, and shelter. The definitions of each can be found in Virginia State Code Section 3.2-6500; in short, our furry friends that are outside need to be properly fed, be provided with clean drinkable water, and have access to shelter that keeps them out of the elements as well as warm. We hope everyone is able to remain warm and safe during these upcoming cold months. 

If you see or hear of a companion animal that you feel is not receiving the minimum standard of care please contact our dispatcher at 757-385-4444 Option 1 to have a Virginia Beach Animal Control Officer respond to check on the welfare of that animal. Our officers answer calls for service from 7am until 11pm every day, if you call outside of those hours a Virginia Beach Police Officer will respond and check on the situation and an Animal Control Officer will be called in to respond if needed. When calling please make sure you have an address or cross streets with a description of the location of the animal available to assist the officer in locating the animal quickly and safely.

MPO Linda J.​ Kuehn

Virginia Beach Police Public Affairs Officer