On Tuesday night, members of the Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Investigation and Rescue Department and emergency rescue teams slept outside to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving pets outside at night. They slept in doghouses, named in memory of dogs who had died in the cold this winter: Bella, Brandy, Brownie, and one simply titled “In Memory of All the Unnamed.”
The temps: low 30s. Winds up to 15 mph. It could have been a lot worse — Monday was in the 20s.
“It’s been a really rough winter for dogs,” Debby MacDonald, chief cruelty investigator, told the Detroit News. “We’ve seen dogs frozen to death, dogs with hypothermia, and we don’t know if they’re going to make it. We’re doing this to raise awareness.”