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Potential adopter fears small dog froze to death at animal control

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Did a small dog die after she became too cold at the Coffee County Animal Control in Manchester, Tenn.,?

It is a question which will likely never be answered because there are no plans for a necropsy on the body of the dog who died, reported Monday's WSMV News.

Nicky Bandy intended to adopt the Chihuahua who was housed at the animal control facility - she even named the soon-to-be new companion "Star."

Sadly, before Bandy could bring Star home, the dog died while at the animal control building; Bandy learned of the dog's passing last Friday.

Following Star's death, there has been speculation that the temperature in her cement kennel run, which opened directly to the outdoors, was too low.

Officials with the facility do not believe that Star succumbed to the cold; they believe that she was simply old and died. Despite the statement by the animal control officials, there are many who fear that the dogs are not adequately protected from the elements.

The rescue agency, Dogs in Harmony, is hoping to see changes at the animal control facility. On Tuesday, the following update was posted to the group's Facebook page:

What a great day for our mission, JUSTICE FOR STAR. We now have some support from local Tullahoma government, and many rescues are working behind the scenes to change the conditions at Coffee County Animal Control (CCAC).

In an effort to improve the kennel run conditions, there is a push to build raised cots for the impounded animals. Dogs in Harmony posted:

Also, our good friend and fellow rescuer, Jackie Gifford, has generously offered to make cots as pictured below to donate to CCAC.
We will be making the large cots for $25 each. If you would like to donate a cot, please let us know. We will be printing the names of those who donate the cots directly on the cots themselves in permanent marker. Cots can also be donated "in memory of" a loved one or family pet. Payments for the cots will be accepted through Paypal at, or checks can be mailed to A New Dog in Town, P.O. Box 1064, Winchester, TN.

Follow Dogs in Harmony at this link to Facebook. Another group, No Kill Manchester, has also addressed Star's death - click here to learn more.

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