A dozen dogs left out in the bitter cold in Lyons were reportedly moved inside after hundreds of concerned residents reported animal abuse.
LYONS — A dozen dogs left out in the bitter cold in Lyons were reportedly moved inside after hundreds of concerned residents reported the dog’s owner for animal abuse.
State police in Lyons said they received more than 200 hundred calls Saturday from people concerned for the dogs' safety. In addition to contacting police and animal control officers, neighbors took to social media posting videos of the dogs on Facebook.
State police said Wayne County sherriff’s deputies visited the owner on Middle Sodus Road and he agreed to take the dogs inside for the night.
Sheriff Barry Virts said deputies have been to the dog owner's home several times in the last couple of weeks. Each time, deputies tried to educate the owner on how to better take care of his pets. On Saturday, they convinced him to bring the dogs inside, but the sheriff says no crime was committed.
"Every time we went out there, the animal cruelty officer, we found no loss of hair, no frostbite, the weight was consistent with the other times that we went out there," Virts explained. "They found the dogs to be in good health order."
"It wasn't a situation where we could just storm onto the property and arrest the individual," added Wayne County District Attorney Mike Calarco.
Deputies will continue to monitor the dogs' living conditions, and Animal Control is looking into how many of the 12 dogs are licensed and vaccinated.
The weekend social media posting created an outcry among animal rights activists across the country.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.
New York state law requires dogs left outdoors to have shelters that are appropriate for the weather, the dog's breed, and health.