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When Twitter user Tonee Lawrence spotted a dog, curled up next to home for warmth, covered in and surrounded by freezing snow in Denver, she couldn’t just turn a blind eye.
She snapped a photo and sent a Tweet to her local Denver, Colorado news channel with the caption, “What can we do? Called 311 & animal control, owners aren’t home.”
The photo immediately went viral as animal lovers, concerned for the dog’s well-being re-tweeted the image around the world. The local news station found out the home’s address and contacted Denver Police.
Denver Police quickly followed up, letting those following the Tweets know that Animal Control had been alerted.
Shortly after their first Tweet, Denver Police followed up again, explaining that the dog was a Husky, liked being outside in the snow, and had shelter available:
While some followers backed off after hearing the dog was a “snow dog” and preferred to be outside, others weren’t quieted so easily. Tonee, our dog loving samaritan, responded accordingly:
We totally agree.
And, so did Twitter user Romina Herrera who had this alarming image to illustrate her point:
— Romina Herrera (@romisXo) November 12, 2014
Persistence paid off in the end and the dog was brought inside.