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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  1. Daniela Arado says:

    Thank you Mrs. Debbie McDonald and Michigan Humane Society’s for all you make to save animals from cold.

  2. Pets owner we are in winter time save your pets,very cold out side ,can you sleep out at night on snow?if you are Cold they are cold too,so they should be inside your home.

  3. aristide armaganc says:

    And what is more, animals need water because cold is dehydrating just as is hot conditions. Is your animal a bison, wolverine, wolf, Akita, Husky – you know, the big coats with the fine underhair. Do you get cold, wet, hot, scared of lightning and thunder? Bring your animals in. They can be fun.

  4. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Thank you! 🙂
    Keep up the good work,
    God Bless!

  5. deb spanhake says:

    make laws not to tether/chain and make more laws it animal left out in extreme weather hot or cold confiscate the animal sanction it place in service program for it will give to society 10 fold prison the ones who do this to animals and leave them to freeze die!!! this is murder and punishable by imprisonment we need a bill of rights for all animals!

  6. We need more laws (that are strictly enforced) concerning the care of all animals that are in captivity by so called educated and civilized human beings.

  7. what is the matter with people, are they really this stupid or they just do not give a shxt, hope they freeze to death. thank you for looking out for them

  8. any person who is cruel to any animal may karma hurts them back a thousand time worst. and thankyou for the great work saving these animals

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