Woman Saves Pit Bulls Left Outside in Weekend Blizzard

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Evelyn Tully-Costa of Brooklyn, New York is a hero today.  After passing by a home in her neighborhood that had two pit bulls trapped in a backyard shack due to the snow, she decided she had enough of the mistreatment of them.  She rallied the neighborhood together, and after many calls to local police and animal control, something is finally being done about the neglect.

Tully-Costa took the original video, and posted it online.  She wanted everyone to see and share the video to raise awareness.  You can clearly hear the dogs crying, and the video shows them huddled together in a tiny shack that barely constitutes shelter from the elements at all.



Old dog left outside in blizzard.

Posted by Evelyn Tully Costa on Saturday, January 23, 2016




The video quickly made its way around the internet, and before long, the Brooklyn Police were left with no choice but to show up and do something.  A follow-up post was made once police were on the scene with the following, “Dogs on President Street have been brought inside after officers from 71st Precinct went over, made the owner shovel snow to trapped dogs to get them INSIDE!”

However, the police showing up and forcing the people to bring their dogs inside is not where this ends.  Another post from Tully-Costa said, “71st precinct is now investigating and animal care and control going over tomorrow.  Thanks for all your calls.”


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Apparently, this abuse has been going on for years, and this isn’t the first time authorities have had to go there and tell them to get the dogs inside.  According to Tully-Costa, this has been going on for about 13 years.  Every time someone calls the police or ASPCA or animal control, the authorities come over, the dogs are brought inside, and as soon as the authorities leave, they toss the dogs right back outside to cry and potentially freeze to death.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) says that some people are ignorant of how much dogs and cats are affected by the cold.  Just because they have fur, some people expect these animals to be able to survive harsh, frigid climates with no problem.  However, the HSUS wants everyone to know that this is not the case.


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The HSUS wrote, “Our most constant companions — dogs and cats — feel the effects of winter weather as much as we do.  Only they are often cast outside to weather the cold or a storm, owing to a misconception that the fur on their backs will insulate them from suffering.  Without proper shelter, food and water, these domesticated animals’ chances of survival in frigid temperatures is greatly decreased.”

The HSUS has a really great information page on their website that tell you all about what you can do to help if you see a dog that has been left out in the cold.  It contains info on how you can help, but as always, the best thing is if you see something, say something.  It’s all too often that stories like this one end in tragedy, and there is almost always someone that knew something wasn’t right, but decided to mind their own business.  If you’d like more information on how you can help out in these situations, click here.

163 thoughts on “Woman Saves Pit Bulls Left Outside in Weekend Blizzard”


  2. Stories like this are precisely why I do not support the ASPCA or police departments with donations. These people are repeat offenders yet they’re still permitted to have animals. If you abuse an animal then you should be abused in return.If you fight animals to death then you should be placed in a cage and made to fight another animal fighter to death, if you survive then you keep fighting until you die just like the animals you fight.

    • I work for the NJ SPCA, I encounter this on a daily basis. Part of the problem besides the owners is the legal system who still do not take the offenses seriously and think of the victims as merely animals. The perpetrators should be viewed as animals. There are laws in place to try and not only prevent the abuse but punish those who are guilty the ability to enforce and get the individuals to court can be difficult. When someone does not show up for court a warrant is issued but there is no task force to go and execute the warrant so it just sits. Additionally with shelters being over crowded without sufficient funding to become a no kill shelter sometimes you end up in a situation where you take furry ones from a bad situation and put them in a worse situation because you know they will most likely be euthanized. Its a horrible feeling and haunts me on many evenings but I will not stop trying to help. If you want to make donations to an organization who is volunteer and non profit, look at our web page, NJSPCA. I feel as many of you do, put the owner in the same position as what they did to the furry one. Reality and the legal system wont allow me to do that. The low lifes seem to get more protection then the victims. I, as law enforcement have to stay within strict guidelines even in the ugliest circumstance. The furry ones need everyones help and so do those who are out there trying to enforce and change the laws. If any of us stop trying it would be a serious injustice to those we love and love us unconditionally. We can not let the trash break our spirit or dedication. Its a never ending battle. Thanks to all of you who try to help all of us.

  3. If animal care and control take them away, they will be killed, so either way its bad. Unless a rescue group or caring people step up to take the dog.

    Pit bulls are the first to be euthanized at the ACC. 95% of the dogs there are pit bulls, its very tragic.

  4. Evelyn, please keep watching these dogs to make sure the authories do the right thing; The dogs clearly need to be removed from these horrible people and not allow them to own any animals going forward. This is just dispicable!!! They need to be thrown outside in the freezing temperatures and left there to rot in hell…………………….


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