After spending the night in the cold yard, she desperately needed warmth.
Fortunately, on Tuesday, a neighbor saw the 2-year-old dog out in the snowy weather.
The concerned neighbor called the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, an organization in Michigan that helps strays and sick dogs.
“We received a call from a citizen of Detroit who seemed to be very frantic that her neighbors were leaving this dog outside in the cold, and left her out all night,” Theresa Sumpter, founder and director of Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, told The Dodo. “She was holding her paws up because she was so cold. If we didn’t come and help this dog, this concerned citizen was afraid that this dog would die.”
The rescuers came to help right away, knowing the dog was in urgent need of care. The previous February, a law had been passed making it illegal for dogs to be tied outdoors for over three hours. These owners clearly broke the law.
When the rescue team arrived, the owners were home – but had nothing to say to the team. The neighbors that called in the incident spoke with the owners and convinced them to surrender the dog to the rescuers.
Something even more unusual was noticed by the rescuers.
“[The neighbor] opened the door to show me that the other dog was inside, and she said that [the owner] didn’t want the dog that was outside anymore and they were just going to leave it out there,” Sumpter said. “So I went ahead and said, ‘Yes, we’ll take the dog. She’s obviously injured and she’s cold and she can’t be out in this weather.’”
Once the rescue team had the dog, they named her Blizzard!
Blizzard was thrilled about her rescue.
“We knew that she was sweet when we picked her up,” Sumpter said. “She was licking my helper.”
Once Blizzard was in the truck with the rescuers, she cozied up and fell asleep.
After spending all of that time in the cold, Blizzard needed immediate veterinary attention. Her paws were swollen and affected by frostbite.
“She’ll make a full recovery,” Sumpter said. “But it was pretty bad, and she was really cold.”
Blizzard’s stay at the vet was not long. The next day, she was in foster care with Noelle and Cholo, her two new foster siblings. All three dogs were saved by the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue.
“She is very happy in her foster home and loves the other doggies,” Sumpter said.