Dogs are often an extension of our own families, but in some situations man's best friend is kept outside all day, every day.
"It's just inhumane to do that to them," said Jane Yost of West York.
West York is considering adopting a tethering ordinance to protect dogs in those situations.
"The tethering ordinance would really prohibit a dog from living a life 24/7 outside tethered or chained to a dog box," said Melissa Smith, executive director of the York County SPCA.
Under the tethering ordinance, it would be unlawful for a person to tether, fasten, chain or tie a dog outside while unattended to houses, trees, stakes or other stationary immobile objects.
"This weather is so dangerous, and we're here for people, but for animals that are chained outside and have no relief from this weather it is so incumbent on the dog owner to take proper provisions," Smith said.
State laws regarding this issue tie humane officers hands, leaving some towns to take it upon themselves. Six municipalities in York County already have a tethering ordinance and it is making a difference.
"It's been helpful to us the last couple of days, where we have gone to places where typically we wouldn't be able to do anything in the municipalities where these animals are outside we could immediately require them to be brought in," Smith said.
Violators of the ordinance would first receive a warning, then they could be cited and fined.
"It's a huge step in the right direction," Yost said.
"If it's a situation where someone does not want to bring their dog inside, then they have to create the best outdoor environment that they possibly can," Smith said.
The tethering ordinance is expected to be voted on during West York's council meeting Monday at 6 p.m.