Rescue group begs pet owners to keep them indoors in freezing weather

Less than 24 hours ago, the dog now named “Hope” was curled up, cold and lonely. Hope is one of two dogs – the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue brought back the cold since the temperatures dropped.

“We have seen their whole behavior change,” said Theresa Sumpter, Executive Director. “A lot of people say, ‘Oh my dog ​​is used to being outside,’ and things like that. And then these are the same dogs that we end up finding later dead because they froze to death.”

Sumpter is appealing to bring your dogs inside, even if they have a kennel. This is especially true for pit bulls or the like – whose fur is not up to the weather.

“Dogs can still die even with straw, especially in freezing temperatures or if they have low body fat,” she said. “These animals will succumb to the freezing temperatures.”

Overnight, she says they went to retrieve the body of a dog, who died in southwest Detroit.

“Unfortunately, he was so frozen to the ground that we couldn’t get him, we couldn’t lift him off the sidewalk, so we had to go get shovels to free his body from the sidewalk, so that’s how it is. it’s cold outside, ”she said. .

“Uno” was rescued from the cold on Monday – he and Hope were examined, and will be fine, and adopted.

Uno is the first dog to be treated at the new APAWS center, a veterinary clinic that Sumpter and the Detroit Pit Crew just opened in Eastpointe at 2100 Kelly Road.

Soon it will be open to the public, as a low cost veterinary hospital.

“Now when the Detroit Pit Crew picks up dogs in Detroit, we have a veterinary hospital to bring them to,” she said.

Bottom line – keep your pets indoors. And if you see one on the streets during this weather, call your local police, animal control, and of course, the Detroit Pit Crew.

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