DETROIT (WWJ) - Two dogs are in need of homes this holiday season after rescuers say the animals were discovered by police laying faithfully next to their owner's deceased body in Detroit this week.
Nonprofit rescue group, Rebel Dogs Detroit, took to social media on Tuesday to share the heartbreaking story of the two dogs, Willow and Darcy, who were found in the freezing home without electricity, food or water.
"Late last night we received a call from two Detroit Police Officers, stating that they were called to do a wellness check," the post begins. "Upon entering the house, they found these two sweet girls laying next to their deceased human's body. An investigation is ongoing but their owner was likely murdered tragically."
...These two girls loved their human so much that the police had get creative to pull the poor dogs away from the body that they were so heartbreakingly unwilling to leave," the post continued.
Police told the rescue group that the dogs had no where to go after they contact a family member who said they didn't want to animals.
The officers' attempts to find room at animal control or at another local shelter were unsuccessful.
Rebel Dogs Detroit said Willow and Darcy -- who are described as sweet and full of love -- are now with their organization, but rescuers say foster homes for them and other dogs are desperately needed.
"The holidays are the hardest time for us to find fosters, but with the weather getting colder the number of dogs and needing rescue is skyrocketing," the nonprofit said on social media. "Our shelter is way over capacity and we are out of options unless we can find humans that are willing to open up their heart and homes for the dogs of Detroit."
The group pleaded for people to open their homes to potentially fostering animals in need, describing spare bedrooms, basements or even laundry rooms as suitable places to foster a pet.
"They all deserve the best life possible. If you have a little bit of time and love to give, please consider opening up your home for one of these deserving Detroit dogs who otherwise would die in the cold this winter."
Those interested in fostering Willow and Darcy or any other pet is asked to apply at rebeldogsdetroit.com/becomeafoster.