Many people are not happy those dogs are back with the owner. They are calling for more to be done to protect pets from extreme weather conditions.

More than 400,000 people have now signed a petition protesting a decision made in Wayne County. It has to do with 12 dogs left out in freezing cold weather in Lyons.

Many people are not happy those dogs are back with the owner. They are calling for more to be done to protect pets from extreme weather conditions.

Deputies did respond to the home earlier this month after seeing all the comments online and getting hundreds of calls from concerned neighbors. The 12 dogs were picked up and taken to the Wayne County Humane Society to get checked out.

Ultimately, Sheriff Barry Virts ruled no crime had been committed and the dogs were returned. The sheriff said they had actually been to the owner's home on Middle Sodus Road several times before and each time deputies tried to educate him on how to better take care of his pets.

Investigators say the owner did build a new structure for the dogs. The town also issued an order preventing commercial kennel activities on the owner's property.

New York state law requires dogs left outdoors to have shelters that are appropriate for the weather and the dog's breed and health.

For now, based on the fact the dogs are back with the owner, it appears the dogs' new home meets that standard.