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Most pet owners don't often imagine how life is for their outside pet. They have fur and a shelter, so below freezing temperatures are fine for them, right? However, members of the Michigan Humane Society now understand all too well how cold it is for pets on in those unheated pet houses during the winter.

With the winter weather being so fierce in the United States this year, animal care groups have been increasingly busy dealing with animals that have been left out in the snow and cold without proper care. They deal with cases of frostbite and hypothermia on a daily basis throughout December, January and February. Many of the pets that show up are almost literally frozen to death, which prompted four members of the Michigan Humane Society to raise awareness for these mistreated animals by spending a night out there themselves.

Even though these staff members were dressed in full winter weather gear, they still felt the effects of the cold in the straw lined dog houses they stayed in. Though the weather was quite a bit warmer than it has been in Michigan recently, the crew spent the night shivering in an effort to keep warm. The winter weather gear simulated the fur of animals left outside, and yet at only 32 degrees, the crew was still freezing. So clearly, the fur isn't the protection that we all think it is.

In honor of the pets that have died this recent winter season, the staff labelled the dog houses Brownie, Bella and Brandy. However, the chief cruelty investigator's dog house was named 'In memory of all the unnamed.' The Michigan Humane Society urges pet owners to bring their pets indoors when it comes winter time so they do not have to suffer like they, and so many other pets, have.

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