An animal rescue group, located west of Calgary, says it's dealing with an animal crisis on a nearby First Nation.          

Rory O'Neill heads up Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue where 50 animals are awaiting adoption.

O'Neill says she regularly sees starving dogs freezing to death on the Stony Nakoda First Nation some of which are thought to have been abandoned by Calgary pet owners.

With a dozen years of rescuing dogs in the area, O’Neill has built a rapport with the people living in Morley who regularly call her when they can't afford to feed and care for a new batch of puppies.

A group of dedicated volunteers are saving as many dogs as they can but they need additional resources to temporarily house the rescued animals.

“We really need insulated dog houses built, it's just so cold for the dogs that have dog houses,” says O’Neill.  “There's nothing to keep them warm, there's nothing to keep the cold out, they're still freezing in their dog houses.”

O'Neill is hoping to raise funds through donations and grants to establish a spaying and neutering program in Morley.  For more information visit the Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue website.