Brave Officers Plan To Spend A Freezing Night In Doghouses To Spread Awareness For Dogs Who Are Left Outdoors In Winter
Three brave animal control officers of the Saginaw County Animal Care & Control in Saginaw County, Michigan have taken on quite the challenge, and it’s all for a good cause! Two of the officers have agreed to spend the night of January 12th outside between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m., sleeping in custom-made dog houses, while one officer will sleep outside without any shelter at all! Both of the “dog houses” were custom-constructed by prisoners at the Saginaw Correctional Facility. Once inside, they’ll have just enough room for the officers to crawl and sit down. They’ll also get a layer of straw for warmth, but that’s about it.
The officers’ goal is simple: to raise awareness for the many dogs that are left outside in the wintertime.
“Lots of times when people become dog owners they think, ‘oh they’re a dog, they can sustain, do whatever’. But they’re not educated for the summer weather, the fall, the spring, the winter, and we run into these problems,” Officer Joaquin Guerrero told WNEM TV5 News. “We’re their voice, we’re the ones that step up to the plate for them.”
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Officer Guerrero will even be wearing a chain around his neck to demonstrate the limits placed on animals tied up outside, especially when they are in grave need of shelter.
“We’ve got to be that voice for them,” he said. “We’ve got to help them so it doesn’t happen, so we don’t find these animals frozen. And that, we can’t save them all, but the ones we can save, or the awareness we can bring, that just keeps educating more people and more people.”
Luckily, the officers won’t be alone. Medical personnel will be on hand throughout the night, as well as a group of students from a nearby elementary school. The students will be measuring their body temperatures as part of a school project. Officer Guerrero will also be joined by his 16-week-old German Shepherd, Little Chief, who will remain indoors for most of the night.
The stake-out, known as “Freezin’ for a Reason – The Sound of Silence,” will take place at Apple Mountain in Freeland, Michigan. Community members are encouraged to stop by and show the officers their support. And for those who don’t want to brave the cold, the event will also be streamed on Facebook Live.
( H/T iheartdogs.com )