FRANKFORT, Ky (WKYT) - "A tarp is considered in the eyes of the law a shelter. But in these winds and these temperatures, that's not adequate. Animals are actually already dying because of inadequate shelter," said Gary Bucholz, an animal advocate who's helped put the petition together.
Organizers are asking Frankfort Mayor Bill May to create an emergency animal protection ordinance, requiring all animals have access to adequate shelter.
"Dogs are hopping around because they can't feel their feet. And our hands are tied. We can't trespass and take the animals. we try to educate the owners and sometimes that helps and they accept our help," said petition organizer Angie Stewart.
Stewart says seeing several dogs tied up outside in the recent harsh temperatures with little or no shelter led her to create the petition.
"You still have to take care of them. If they're your animals, you have to take care of them. And part of that is keeping them in out of this weather," said Stewart.
The duo said while this is a local effort right now, they have the ability to join in with other animal advocates nationally with the same goal of keeping animals safe in extreme temperatures.