Applaud Neighbor Who Saved Freezing Dogs Through Social Media Post

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Target: Brooklyn Resident, Evelyn Tully Costa

Goal: Applaud Brooklyn resident for using social media and quick thinking to save two elderly dogs from the East Coast Blizzard.

Not only were people and property affected by the East Coast Blizzard but also animals left in the freezing cold and snow. Trapped in this storm were two elderly dogs whose owner had left them outside to brave the blizzard on their own without adequate protection. Thankfully, the quick thinking of neighbor, Evelyn Tully Costa, soon put an end to that.

The dogs were snowed into a makeshift doghouse in the backyard and were too old and weak to dig their way out. They howled throughout the night and into the morning, but the owner did nothing to help. Distressed by the dogs’ wailing, Costa recorded a video of the animals struggling in the blizzard. She then made several other posts to Facebook, giving the address the dogs resided at and imploring the authorities to act quickly. Several followers then re-posted the videos at her request, which helped to make them go viral. As a result, it quickly drew attention from not just the media but law enforcement.

The police then ordered the owner, June Wiggins, to bring the freezing animals inside. Wiggins reportedly made the incredible complaint that the dogs were only meant for her protection, and that she didn’t want them in the house because they would “track dirt in.” With an owner like this, there’s no telling what would have happened to the animals if Costa did not act.

Sign this petition to show your support for Evelyn Tully Costa’s activism, and for others like her who act in the face of injustice. We need more neighbors like her in the world.


Dear Ms. Costa,

During the East Coast Blizzard, you recorded a video and made several social media posts that ended up bringing help to two elderly dogs that needed it. I don’t doubt that many other neighbors had heard and complained about the owners’ treatment of the dogs, but it was you who made the extra effort to do something about it.

Too often do people witness injustice and do nothing to rectify the situation. Thank you for your quick thinking and perseverance, which saved the lives of two innocent animals who might never have survived the blizzard without you.


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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    We need a LOT more neighbors like her in the world!
    God bless her for her intervention on the dogs’ behalf,
    and shame on their owner, or anyone else, who would leave
    animals outside during a BLIZZARD to FREEZE!!! Wish I could leave her outside for a night or two so she knows what it feels like — disgusting woman!!!

  2. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THESE DOGS WERE REMOVED FROM THE PREMISES. This person doesn’t deserve to have animals and especially with her attitude. She really should be charged with animal abuse.

    I do want to thank the neighbor Miss Costa for her constant watch over the situation and making sure that something was done to help these poor innocent babies because if she hadn’t the dogs would have died a horrible and painful death. MISS COSTA YOU MAKE THE WORLD A FAR BETTER PLACE AND IT DIDN’T TAKE BUT A LITTLE TIME DID IT??


  3. Carol Bowen says:

    Thank god for the neighbours. Hope the owners didn’t get the dogs back !!

  4. Kelly Kirwin says:

    Bravo to this brave woman for calling attention to this. That owner, though, should have to surrender her pets as she is obviously not taking adequate care of them. Nobody with any common sense leaves their pet outside in a blizzard or temps under 32 degrees – ESPECIALLY if they are elderly. SHAME ON HER!

  5. Why does she think two elderly dogs will ‘protect’ her, if she does not even react to their howls? She could have fifty thieves visiting before she noticed any warning bark. And why on earth did the police not arrest this woman for animal cruelty and take her outside in her non-winter clothes while arresting her, hopefully taking their sweet time about it? It is amazing that the dogs were able to survive this horrible night and day — they suffered a lot. No doubt this abusive woman will do it again.

  6. TAMARA BRAGG says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Dog Advocate

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