MANVEL, Texas -- Cold weather is causing even more problems for volunteers trying to rescue the dogs at the closing Brazoria County Humane Society.

It makes it much more difficult, said Ron Denton of Triumphant Tails, Inc. Our first concern is making sure they are comfortable, warm and well medicated.

There's about 70 dogs remaining in the shelter, but they are being held in outdoor pens with no heat.

Volunteers are asking for hay and dog houses to help shelter the animals from the extreme cold weather.

Many of the dogs are being treated for parasites and all have been exposed to distemper. The animals are being quarantined for the next few days.

The director of the Brazoria County Humane Society closed the shelter last month because she had health issues and was overwhelmed by the number of dogs.

She just tried to help too many dogs and the shelter was overcrowded, said Denton. We'd like this to not have happened, but what we are doing what we can to resolve this problem today.

The dogs will eventually be transferred to other rescue groups for eventual adoption into permanent homes.

We tried to reach the former Humane Society director but we were told she was too ill to speak to us.

If you d like to help, contact the Brazoria County Humane Society at 281-489-3000.

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