MIDLAND (WJRT) (12/29/2017) - An older male cat left outside the Humane Society of Midland County overnight nearly froze to death.
The organization posted on Facebook that someone dropped off the cat in a plastic tote outside the main entrance of its facility at 4371 E. Ashman St. An employee found him Friday morning with feces frozen to his body.
"Leaving him like this in these elements could have killed him," the post says.
The cat was treated for hypothermia and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Humane Society.
A sign in the window right outside where the cat was left warns against leaving animals unattended and even threatens legal action.
"We understand it's often hard to know what to do with stray animals but in these weather conditions this is never the answer!" the organization's Facebook post says.
The Humane Society pointed out the Midland Police Department will transport stray animals in need during the winter and volunteers are willing to pick up animals after hours.
Anyone in Midland County who finds an animal in distress in the evening, overnight or on weekends should call the Midland County Central Dispatch nonemergency number at (989) 839-6464 or message the Humane Society's Facebook page to ask for a referral.