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Increase in Dogs Dumped Outside In Cold Weather

MIDLAND -- It's that time of year where we're seeing below freezing temperatures.
MIDLAND -- It's that time of year where we're seeing below freezing temperatures.

And not only does it affect people, plants and pipes. It affects pets too.

"If they had been out there for over an hour, they would have froze to death. The dogs had no body fat on them. They basically looked like there was skin that was stretched over bones," said Charlene Beauchamp, a foster family for West Texas Diamonds in the Ruff.

Beauchamp says these four boxer pups were found in a dumpster.

She says the pups are eight to twelve weeks old and all have parvo, a deadly disease that is preventable.

"The saddest thing about pavor, is that you can vaccinate your dog, very inexpensively and the vaccinations are about 95 to 99 percent effective," said Beth Clodfelter, manager of Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals.

According to Clodfelter, parvo is a virus that eats the intestines' lineing, causing dogs to not be able to hold down any liquids.

And without treatment, dogs with parvo can die from dehydration.

"The people who dump them, that's just cruel. That's like you're dumping your own child out or something," said Grace Beauchamp, a foster family for Diamonds in the Ruff.

Clodfelter says in the past three weeks, nine liters of puppies were brought to the lone star sanctuary for animals shelter.

And she adds that more were even found inside dumpsters.

"It breaks your heart to see animals living out on the street," said Clodfelter.

Beauchamp says if you don't want your animals, to please drop them off at a local shelter where at least they will have a fighting chance at survival.

"Think about what you're doing. Think of this animal as a living, breathing creature such as a child you know, you wouldn't dump a toddler out there in the middle of the cold and they're the same way," said Beauchamp.

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