NEW: Chilly dogs recovering after being dumped in the cold

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EDMOND, Okla - Two little Chihuahuas are recovering after surviving several hours in the Oklahoma elements.

On Thursday morning, a motorist, who was driving over the railroad tracks near Thatcher and Broadway, spotted a dog crate and went to investigate.

Inside, he found the animals, nearly frozen to death.

He raced them to the Edmond Animal Shelter for immediate care.

Nicki Smith, the director of the shelter, said, "That's what they looked like when they were in the crate, even here inside the shelter. They were back there shivering."

Smith said the dogs have visible signs of abuse and neglect.

She said, "They are skin and bones. You can see their ribs and back bones, hip bones. They are well underweight."

What's puzzling to authorities, both dogs were wearing jackets.

Perhaps the person who dumped them had an ounce of compassion?

Smith was skeptical.

She said, "That's a stretch. Putting coats on tiny, skinny dogs and sticking them out in the cold, I don't really get compassion out of that. Who knows what their motivation was. I'd like to find out."

Edmond Animal Welfare would like the public's help identifying the person who dumped these dogs.

And once they're healthy, the Chihuahuas will be heading to warm and loving home.

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