Protecting animals from the cold; a local group distributes dog houses and straw

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 12/06/2013 10:57 pm Published: 12/06/2013 8:40 pm

An Oklahoma group wants to make sure that pets aren’t left to fend for themselves outdoors in the freezing temperatures.

Members of the group ‘Unchain Oklahoma’ contacted FOX23 about their effort to collect dog houses for animals in need.  FOX23 went along with one of the member, Patti Kuck, as she donated the dog shelters to area homes. She said when the temperature dropped the group kicked in to collect straw and dog houses for pet owners. 

“In many cases that we find it’s not necessarily that someone is being cruel it is often that they don’t have the funds to buy a dog house,” said Kuck.

Kuck told FOX23 that the group delivered 20 doghouses in the past few days but they need additional help.

“We need recycled dog houses, we need straw and we also need volunteers to help us deliver the items,” said Kuck.

Members of Unchain Oklahoma are now working to collect and distribute the items so that the animals will have a shelter against elements before the third wave of wintery weather hits the area.

“In many cases animals can suffer from hypothermia even if they are left outside for a short period of time.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/7/2013 8:50 PM
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Patches :-) My female taught me that this winter. It was really just half of a dog crate with some dirt an wood chips. I'm convinced that they know more than we think. Mine stay inside dry and warm. Momma dog has puppies so that keeps her system working. The electric went out the other night and she bedded down with them. Sounds sweet but it's really survival instincts. But yea it's sweet too.

thedogguy - 12/7/2013 6:40 PM
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Thank you so much Brittany & Fox23 news for this story on the untiring work of Patti Kuck & UnchainOK. They are one of the best kept secrets in the Tulsa area helping not only during a winter storm to be sure dogs are cared for....but everyday of the year working so hard & so unselfishly to help dogs that are chained up & neglected. They are ALWAYS in need of donations of doghouses, fencing, straw, & food. Please help this most worthy of causes.

patches - 12/6/2013 10:39 PM
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I hate to get up in the middle of the night to let my dogs out so I have taught all of them to use the litter box. When I first get them I don't set them down on the floor. I take them to the litter box and scratch their paws in it, and never a problem with them using the floor.
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