Protecting dogs from the cold in the Finger Lakes

Last weekend’s bitter cold sent Nina Nigro of Geneva and a friend to a residence in Wayne County.

They were worried about the condition of dogs that were left outside in the cold. When they arrived, they discovered their worst fear, Nigro said: Dogs confined to chain-link fence cages filled with snow.

“No food, no water,” Nigro said in the short video she took of two of the cages, each dog jumping inside the fence as she approached. Nearby, her friend confronted the dog owner in a chilly verbal exchange as she videotaped, according to Nigro.

The pair who paid a visit to resident Robert Juliano Jr. in Lyons weren’t the only ones looking out for the dozen dogs at the residence on Middle Sodus Road. Hundreds of concerned citizens reported the dog owner, alleging animal abuse. State police received more than 200 calls Saturday, Jan. 6, from people worried 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. Troopers said Wayne County sheriff’s deputies visited the owner and he agreed to take the dogs inside for the night.

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