Hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition demanding lawmakers make changes to better protect pets from inclement weather in response to animals left in the cold in Wayne County.
As of Thursday, nearly 400,000 people have signed the petition that was launched on January 9. Animal advocates from across the country have raised concerns about 12 dogs in Lyons after pictures were posted online showing the dogs out in the cold during extremely low temperatures.
Wayne County deputies visited the owner on several occasions, encouraging the owner to bring the dogs inside, but said the dogs appeared to be in good health — so under law there was nothing they could do. On January 12, the dogs were taken to the Humane Society, but Wednesday, News 8 reported the dogs had been returned to the man’s home after the man constructed a new shelter.
Deputies said the Humane Society was satisfied with the new shelter and the dogs were returned.