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Members of the Michigan Humane Society's Cruelty Investigation Department were going the extra mile for animals left out in freezing temperatures.  Members of the department put themselves in the 'paws' of the animals by agreeing to spend a frigid night in doghouses with just straw to keep warm.

The staffers were closely monitored and warming stations were available on site.  MHS staffer Deborah MacDonald says participants will have some other amenities during the night as well.  "Water, bathroom breaks, there will be some snacks, perhaps some hot chocolate.  And those are things that, oftentimes animals don't have.  They can't tap out and they can't say, 'You know, I need some food. I need some water. I'm too cold. I need to go inside now.'"

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," said MacDonald.  "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."

The MHS Cruelty Investigation and Rescue Department says it responds to thousands of calls every year about animals that have been abused or neglected.

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