Detroit Dog Rescue helps animals left out in the cold

It is dangerously cold in metro Detroit - and that's just for people. 

Right now a rescue group is going block by block helping animals.

On a bitter cold day in January, things heat up at Detroit Dog Rescue

Staff members pack their truck with much needed items.

 "We load up donations which can include food, igloos, proper tie-outs, things like that so we can get out and help that dog," said. Kristina Rinaldi.

They then prepare to go out on Detroit Dog Rescue Community Outreach.

 "The one we're going to check out is a Boston terrier, which is a small dog and pit bull mix," Rinaldi said. "These are dogs that have been abandoned, there's no utilities running to the house, they don't believe anybody lives there. And the dogs are there, they were crying last night. 

"Our job is to check it out."

This mission leads them to Detroit's west side, but when they arrive their knocks at the door are only answered by barking dogs in a basement.

The next call leads them to the southwest side of Detroit where staff members rescue a dog

"As we rolled up to corner we found a white Husky mix," said Daniel Carlisle. "Been wandering the streets. I could tell by how skinny he is, he's been out here for awhile."

Staff members say they've been responding to numerous rescue calls all week.

And as the rescue calls increase, staff members say they need your help to make this mission work.

"You can help in so many different ways," Carlisle said. "You can donate to us by going to our website, detroitdogrescue.com and we use that money to buy hay, dog houses, bedding, and food."

As staff members prepare to for the next run, they have this word of advice for anyone with a dog

"So please keep your dog inside," Carlisle said. "The cold weather is brutal  on animals. We find more than most times, these dogs don't survive." 
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