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This poor doggie was desperately trying to stay warm, she had been out all night in a blizzard, the weather outside is so cold, surely nobody would dream of even letting a cat go out, never mind your dog, but this family really didn’t care about that…

If she were chained up any longer outside, she would surely die right where she was, luckily a neighbor noticed that the dog was trembling and cold and left outside in the snow, they had to do something!

It was a Tuesday and the neighbor was determined to help, she called the Detroit Pit Crew Dog (DPCD) Rescue because she knows this organization rescuers dogs like this, she asked them to please come and get the dog!

DPCD Rescue said: – “We received a call from a citizen of Detroit who seemed to be very frantic that her neighbors were leaving this dog outside in the cold, and left her out all night”

Theresa Sumpter, founder of the DPCD said: – “She was holding her paws up because she was so cold. If we didn’t come and help this dog, this concerned citizen was afraid that this dog would die.”

The rescuers rushed to help, they knew the danger that the dog could very quickly take a turn for the worse in the cold and die. The February before a law was passed to make it illegal for owners to tether a dog outside for more than a few hours (three to be exact).

The owners have quite obviously broken the law here, and let’s hope that they pay the price and justice find them!

The owners of the animal were in their house but they plain refused to speak or answer in any way to the team of rescuers. The neighbor went into the family to plead that they released the animal to the rescuers.

Strangely this was not the only dog that the family owned and in the house, the family had another dog too, but this dog was actually allowed in the house !?

Theresa said:

“[The neighbor] opened the door to show me that the other dog was inside, and she said that [the owner] didn’t want the dog that was outside anymore and they were just going to leave it out there …So I went ahead and said, ‘Yes, we’ll take the dog. She’s obviously injured and she’s cold and she can’t be out in this weather.’ ”

Theresa went on to say:

“We knew that she was sweet when we picked her up …She was licking my helper.”

Her name is Blizzard, because of how she was found by rescuers, and she is about 2 years old, they put her into the truck and she curled up in a tight ball, she looked relieved but frozen, the poor doggie.

Blizzard was finally out of the cold but she wasn’t out of the woods yet, she needed to go straight to the vets to get checked over. Her little paws were swollen and infected, she had frostbite in her paws and needed treatment to help her recover.

Theresa said:

“She’ll make a full recovery …But it was pretty bad, and she was really cold.”

Luckily for Blizzard, she didn’t need to stay with the vet long, thanks to both the quick thinking of the neighbor and her intervention to speak to them and the willing help from the rescuers she was well on the road to recovery.

The next day she went to a foster carer and was with two other dogs, Cholo and Noelle, also saved by the DPCD rescuers…

Theresa said lastly:

“She is very happy in her foster home and loves the other doggies”

Blizzard was one of the lucky ones and was rescued, but there are other digs in the Detroit area that also need to be rescued too, especially over the winter period. If you consider making a donation then there is no finer place to make to than the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue!

Let’s SHARE this story and really help raise awareness, maybe another dog will be surrendered to the rescue center rather than being left to die, and be both saved and re-homed for Christmas, or even new year!
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