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Humane Society workers sleeping in doghouses for abused pets

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Workers will try to live on minimal provisions overnight in freezing temperatures. (Source: WJBK/FOX) Workers will try to live on minimal provisions overnight in freezing temperatures. (Source: WJBK/FOX)

DETROIT (WJBK/FOX) - Members of the Michigan Humane Society's cruelty investigation department are sticking up for animals left out in freezing temperatures by spending a frigid night in doghouses.

The staffers, using only straw to keep warm, are closely monitored and warming stations available on site.

The exercise aims to bring awareness to animal cruelty during one of the harshest winters on record.

"There have been days when we brought in two or three dogs that froze to death," staffer Deborah McDonald said. "They lose weight because they're burning so many calories just trying to stay warm, and they'll usually start to shake and shiver and lift up their feet. But then at some point they just curl up and go to sleep and don't wake up."

They will sleep outside from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. They will have water, bathroom breaks and hot chocolate, but going back inside is not an option.

Members of the MHS cruelty investigation and rescue department said they respond to thousands of calls every year about animals that have been abused or neglected.

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