DETROIT (WWJ) – Bitter cold weather is here and with temperatures expected to plummet — animals left outdoors are in extreme danger.

WWJ’s Chrystal Knight reports that the Humane Society’s Cruelty Investigation team is already responding to high numbers of weather related calls, and the Michigan Humane Society is urging pet owners to protect their animals.

If any animal is outside for any length of time – know that you are required by law in Michigan to provide enough food and water as well as adequate shelter to protect your pet from the winter weather.

The Humane Society is warning pet owners, while it’s not the law, it’s best to bring pets indoors during these dangerously cold temperatures — especially those with short hair.

Animal welfare officials are asking for people to keep watch for any animals which may be in danger – in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park call 313-872-3401 that’s the  Michigan Humane Society’s Cruelty Hotline if you fear an animal is in distress.

If you are a pet owner experiencing financial difficulties – the Animal Welfare Society may be able to provide assistance with pet food – or if you are able to donate pet food – click on HERE.

For more information about pet health and safety, visit or click on HERE to find out more about donating straw for animals.

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