Canandaigua man charged after dog abandoned in freezing cold

Officials in Canandaigua say a Pleasant Street resident faces multiple charges related to an abandoned dog, who was left in frigid temperatures for hours.

On February 1st the Ontario County Humane Society was called to 188 Bristol Street in the City of Canandaigua around 4 p.m. alongside Canandaigua Police and Code Enforcement to condemn an apartment.

At that time two dogs were found to still be inside the apartment and needed to be removed. Dwayne E. Ettinger, 57, of Canandaigua was contacted and agreed to secure both dogs at his residence due to the owner not being able to respond to secure them at the time.

Around 1:41 a.m. police responded to 171 Bristol Street for a dog being found on a porch. At this time it was found that this dog was one of the dogs that Ettinger had secured earlier. An investigation showed that he could not keep the dog, a 1-year-old Rottweiler, named King.

He then returned to the Bristol Street address around 6:30 p.m., where he tied the dog to the open porch and eventually left him outside in 10 degree weather, without food, water or an adequate shelter.

King was able to get out of the makeshift leash and returned to the address where a person who previously took care of him lived. Around 4 a.m. King was secured and transported to the Humane Society’s Office.

He is in good health, according to the Humane Society.

As result Ettinger was charged with failure to provide adequate shelter, animal abandonment, and animal cruelty.

He will appear at a later date to answer those charges.

According to the Humane Society, additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.

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