WARWICK, R.I. — Protesters have rallied near the property of a Rhode Island man accused of leaving his dogs out in freezing temperatures.

The demonstration was held Sunday morning near the Warwick property where Clifford Dennis runs a dog breeding business.

WJAR-TV reports that about two dozen protesters gathered in response to several pit bulls being left outside last week for several hours at a time. Authorities investigated, but determined the dogs were in good condition and Dennis didn’t break any laws.

Demonstrators called for changes to a state law that exempts people who raise hunting dogs from provisions including how long dogs can be kept outside.

Dennis told WLNE-TV that he raises and sells hunting dogs and loves them. He agreed to move all six of his dogs to a heated facility.

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