CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — A Brooklyn woman is coming under fire after leaving her dogs outside in the cold during this weekend’s brutal blizzard Saturday.
The dogs, described as a pit bull named Egypt and a lab/collie mix named Prince, both said to be 14 or 15 years old respectively, could be heard crying and yelping outside of their home on President Street in Crown Heights as they fought the elements in a Facebook video.
The video was posted by neighbor Evelyn Tully Costa who told PIX11 News the dogs constantly bark throughout the day and night and have been doing so for the past 13 years.
After Costa posted the video on Facebook — which was viewed nearly half a million times — the 71st Precinct was flooded with phone calls about the apparent animal cruelty.
Officers who arrived to the Crown Heights home Saturday evening, issued the dogs’ owner, identified by published reports as June Hercules, a summons after she admitted to leaving the dogs outside during the blizzard.
Despite being urged by officers to keep the dogs inside, Hercules once again left the dogs outside when officers returned Sunday.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a statement to PIX11 News about the incident:
We are currently collaborating with several groups to improve conditions for the dogs, and to continue to follow-up with the pet owner to ensure the health and safety of the animals. One of these organizations is Guardians of Rescue, who specialize in ensuring that animals are provided proper protection in the elements.
As of Monday, the dogs remain in the care of Hercules.