Shivering uncontrollably and holding her paws, they saw their neighbor had chained a two-year-old dog outside in a blizzard!
The neighbor knew the dog needed immediate help if she was going to survive. If they left their dog tied up outside in those conditions for too much longer, she was going to die.
The contacted the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue organization right away and told rescuers what was going on.
A law was recently passed in the Detroit area last February making it illegal for owners to chain or tie up a dog outdoors for any longer than three hours. Clearly, this family didn’t care about the law any more than they cared about their dog.
When rescuers arrived on the scene they knocked on the door, people inside were not in the least bit interested in talking. However, Pit Crew Staff knew the family needed convincing if they were to surrender their freezing dog. When they finally decided to talk what they said was nothing short of heartbreaking.
“[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,” Theresa Sumpter, founder of the rescue told The Dodo.
“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.’”
Rescuers gave the dog a very fitting name, calling her ‘Blizzard,’ she was then taken to the rescue truck where exhausted, she went right to sleep.
Having been shivering all night long, she was probably relieved to feel safe and warm. Staff then took her to the vet to treat frozen paws, now that she was suffering from frostbite.
The next day, she went to live with a foster who already had two other rescue dogs. She gets along great with her new doggy friends and loves every human she meets.
She is extremely friendly and sweet, despite everything she has been through.
Unfortunately, this family did the wrong thing by leaving their unwanted dog outside in the freezing snow.
If you ever witness anything like this, contact authorities or rescue immediately.
Shelters are always happy to take in unwanted animals.