Dog Found Frozen to Death in Snow-Covered Cage Lined With Feces in Michigan

A dog has been found frozen to death in a cage near to an apartment block in, Michigan, prompting an investigation by an animal cruelty group in the area.

The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) appealed to the public for information about the incident after they were alerted by local police.

Michigan Live reported that the dog was found in a cage after Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office received a report informing them of it on February 13. HSHV said they had found it in a cage close to an apartment building.

The animal cruelty prevention group said that they had found the cage lined with feces and covered in snow and ice. They said the dog was emaciated and appeared to be a young pitbull cross.

"While we don't yet have an official cause of death, this heartbreaking case gives us an opportunity to share some important reminders," Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV's CEO, said in a statement.

"Though it is still legal in Michigan to keep a dog outside when the temperature is dangerously cold, it can cause great suffering and even death. There is a bill in Michigan's State House, HB 4784, that doesn't ban dogs from being forced to live outside but does create stricter rules to improve protection. Better laws make a difference."

Animal cruelty and neglect are illegal under Michigan state law. Failing to provide adequate care or abandoning animals is punishable in the state by a jail term of up to 93 days, a fine of up to $1,000 and community service orders up to 200 hours.

HSHV said that they provide assistance in feeding animals in the area and are looking to promote that work in the wake of the incident.

Hilgendorf said: "We also want to be sure folks know that HSHV has a variety of support services available to families in our community struggling to care for or feed their animals. We are here to help and prevent these types of tragedies."

The Humane Society estimates there are 70 million pet dogs in the United States. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) have estimated that around 3.1 million dogs enter rescue shelters in the U.S. every year.

HSHV said they encounter animals that have frozen to death during the winter months and advise anyone who sees an animal in need to support to contact them.

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