What to Know
- Six dogs were left to freeze outside on Long Island as temperatures across the tri-state hit a record-low late Tuesday
- Suffolk County police say they found three beagles and three bloodhounds chained or locked in cages in a non-residential area in Manorville
- Anyone with information about the dogs is asked to call 631-854-8726
Six dogs were left to freeze outside on Long Island as temperatures across the tri-state hit a record-low late Tuesday, according to police.
Suffolk County police say they found three beagles and three bloodhounds locked in outdoor kennels or tied to chains in a non-residential area in Manorville after receiving a 911 report around 10:40 p.m. The water in the dogs' bowls was frozen.
"The dogs were shivering. It was a pretty scary sight," said animal rescuer Frank Floridia.
Temperatures in the area registered below freezing at 25 degrees Tuesday night, police said, but it's likely that it felt much colder due to strong winds caused by the arctic blast.
The dogs range in age from 1 to 5 years old, police said. They were transported to Animal Emergency Service in Selden.
Floridia discovered the dogs after some tips led him to the makeshift kennel tucked into the woods near some farm fields, and promptly called police.
"Temperatures were really cold last night, record-breaking temperatures, so we knew something had to be done quick," Floridia told NBC New York.
Floridia said despite being found in the frigid conditions, the dogs seem to be in relatively good health.
"A couple looked they had upper respiratory infections, colds," said Floridia. "They looked like they were taken care of but this is still no way for dogs to live."
Leaving most dogs outside in temperatures below freezing is a crime in Suffolk County. No charges have yet been filed in connection to the dogs found Tuesday night, but SPCA Chief Roy Gross said his phones have been ringing all day with different tips about dogs tied up in the cold.
Anyone with information about the dogs is asked to call 631-854-8726.