A Hudson Valley man is accused of leaving two dogs freezing outside without any food or water.

On Dec. 28, 2017, while searching for a wanted person on South Shore Drive in the Town of Wallkill members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office noticed two dogs kept outside in metal fenced pens.

The dogs, a gray female Pitbull and a black female Rottweiler, were both emaciated, without food or water and were left outside in bitterly cold weather conditions without proper shelter, police say. Both dogs were rescued with the help Town of Wallkill Animal Control.

“During the winter months, it is imperative that we take care and shelter our pets,” Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois said in a press release. “Leaving pets outside without the appropriate shelter during these brutal cold snaps is unlawful and inhumane.”

Through an investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for 39-year-old Wade J. Hynes, of the Town of Wallkill. Hynes was found and placed into custody in Sullivan County. He was charged with two counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, and two counts of failing to provide for an animal a violation.

Hynes was arraigned in the Town of Wallkill Court and remanded him to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $6,000 bond.

The dogs are now being cared for at Pets Alive where they have been and will receive medical attention for their conditions, police say.

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