Last month, the Saginaw Police Department found a pit bull mix frozen to the ground. When the police officers got to the dog, she was barely clinging to life. Thankfully, the dog was rescued by the Saginaw Animal Care and Control Center where she is recovering well. Ironically, they decided to name the pit bull “Frozen” after the situation where she was found.
“Unfortunately, when they’re out like that in the cold, we’ve had some really bad cold snaps,” said Animal Care and Control Director Lisa Stoffel, “Then they just lay down, go to sleep and get some rest, while the condensation freezes them to the ground.” Animals that are found in that situation cannot be warmed quickly enough. They also cannot be immediately pulled from the ice.
To rescue Frozen, she had to be first covered with a blanket to slowly raise her temperature so that she could be slowly and carefully removed. Afterwards the dog had to be given a lot of warm fluids to bring her body back to normal warmth. According to the shelter, the one and a half year old puppy didn’t take long to recover. Now, Frozen is ready to be adopted and spend the rest of her days in her new home. According to Stoffel, she is very friendly and gets along well with other dogs.
This isn’t the first time that dogs were found outside almost freezing to death. Luckily, almost all of them are rescued in time before their temperature gets too low. Owners are warned to get their dogs inside their homes, especially during the winter time.