NORFOLK Animal Control officers in Hampton Roads respond to calls of animals left outside in the frigid temperatures.

Around 10 p.m. Friday Norfolk Animal Control rescued at least one dog from a home in the 1400 block of Branch Street after it was found tied up outside in the freezing conditions.

Earlier Friday, Virginia Beach Animal Control responded to similar wellbeing calls for animals left out in the cold, but no animals were reportedly rescued.

'The most important thing is, if you don't want to be outside, your pet doesn't want to be outside in this cold either,' said Wayne Gilbert, a spokesperson for VB Animal Control.

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is also helping keep animals warm.

The organization has left out pallets of free straw outside their Norfolk headquarters for people to take to help insulate dog houses.

During this kind of weather we urge people to please bring your animal inside because it's too cold outside, with or without straw but we do have the straw bedding for animals that have no other option,' said Daphna Nachminovitch, a PETA representative.

Animal Control officials also suggest wiping clean animals paws after they've been outside to clean off any salt from the road. If swallowed, the chemicals could be deadly.

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