Stop Animal Abusers from Leaving Animals Outside to Freeze

Target: Debbie MacDonald, Chief Cruelty Investigator for the Michigan Humane Society

Goal: Support efforts made to raise awareness about the severity of leaving pets outside in cold temperatures

The Michigan Humane Society is raising awareness about the dangers of leaving animals outside in the winter, in the snow and severely cold temperatures. Not only do Humane Society staff and volunteers work to identify and rescue dogs that have been left outside for extended periods of time in the winter, but they are also making an extreme effort to raise awareness in order to prevent this type of abuse from even happening in the first place. Commend the Michigan Humane Society’s efforts to stop animal abusers from leaving their dogs outside to freeze.

To raise awareness about this important issue, members of the Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Investigation Department and emergency rescue teams recently spent the night outside in doghouses, in the middle of winter, to make the public aware of the absurdity in requiring a living being to do such a difficult and painful thing. If people find it crazy for a human being to spend the night in a cold, snowy doghouse, maybe they will think twice about forcing their dog to spend the night outside in freezing temperatures.

The Michigan Humane Society responds to more than 10,000 reports of animal abuse each year. They firmly believe that animals deserve to be indoors with their loving owners all year round, where they depend on humans for love and care. “We want to represent the voice of the animals who are in great danger and raise the awareness necessary to ensure that not one animal suffers, or worse, dies, by means of neglect or abuse,” shares Debby MacDonald, Michigan Humane Society Chief Cruelty Investigator. When winter comes, the average of 5-10 phone calls per day to the Michigan Humane Society increases to more than 30 calls per day reporting abuse and neglect, with many owners leaving animals outside without proper provisions to survive the harsh weather. Support the Michigan Humane Society’s efforts to stop innocent animals from being abused, and demand that owners keep animals safe and warm all winter long.


Dear Debby MacDonald,

Thank you for the Michigan Humane Society’s efforts to raise awareness about the serious problem many innocent animals face when they are left outside in freezing temperatures and snow for prolonged periods of time in the winter. The fact that your staff members are willing to spend an entire night outside in a cold doghouse to prove an important point to the public is incredibly commendable.

Please continue working to stop dog owners from leaving their pets outside overnight, especially in the winter. It is incredibly dangerous, abusive, and downright cruel. Your initiatives to save animals subject to such abuse are saving countless lives every winter. Thank you for all that you do for the animals in Michigan. Please encourage other states to implement similar strategies to save lives in their communities.


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Photo credit: John Talbot via Flickr

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