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Police: Canandaigua man left dog outside in 10-degree weather

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Two hours after police had asked him to care for the dog, Dwayne Ettinger returned to a home on Bristol Street, tied King to an open porch and left him outside in 10 degree weather without food, water or an adequate shelter. (Photo: Ontario County Humane Society)

Canandaigua, N.Y. (WHAM) - A man from Canandaigua was arrested last Friday and charged with leaving a dog outside in sub-freezing temperatures.

On February 1, the Ontario County Humane Society was called to a home on Bristol Street to condemn an apartment. When they arrived, the officers found two dogs inside the apartment that needed to be taken away.

A man who lived nearby, 57-year-old Dwayne Ettinger, was asked by code enforcement and city police officers to keep the dogs inside. He agreed to do so.

Less than ten hours later, police were called to Bristol Street again for a report of a dog outside. Officers responded and found one of the dogs Ettinger had secured earlier. Officers later determined Ettinger could not keep the dog, a 1 year old Rottweiler named King, at his home.

Two hours after police had asked him to care for the dog, Ettinger returned to a home on Bristol Street, tied King to an open porch and left him outside in 10 degree weather without food, water or an adequate shelter.

King was able to get out of the makeshift leash he was tied to and went to a nearby home where a person who previously took care of him lived.

Officers with the Humane Society took King in and brought him to their office, where he remains in good health.

Ettinger was arrested and charged with failure to provide adequate shelter, animal abandonment, animal cruelty, and having a dog at large. He is scheduled to appear in Canandaigua City Court.

More arrests are pending in this investigation.

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