Long Island Police Rescue 6 Dogs Left Out In Freezing Cold

Sophia Hall
November 13, 2019 - 12:18 pm
Suffolk County police

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MANORVILLE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Dogs were rescued in Suffolk County after they were left outside in the freezing cold.

Authorities say when they arrived to the wooded area in Manorville before 11 p.m. Tuesday it was 25 degrees outside. The wind chill made it feel like it was in the teens.

The six dogs, ages 1 to 5 years old, were chained or in cages. The water in their bowls was frozen.

The three beagles and three bloodhounds survived and were taken to an animal shelter.

Chief Roy Gross from the Suffolk County SPCA says under county law, dogs cannot be left outside during extreme temperature for more than one hour, even if there is a dog house.

"For a dog to be tied up to a tree or just left out in a yard like that it has no way of protecting itself. Maybe it may live through the night, it's going to suffer and in many cases they end up dying," Gross said. "We have dogs that have come in where their ears have fallen off cause of frostbite. It's horrible."

Gross said in another case they arrested a Middle Island man after four warnings of leaving his dog outside in the cold.

"If you suspect someone is doing this, leaving an animal out there in extreme weather, please make that phone call because an animal left out like that can die," Gross said.