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12 Dogs Are Victims In Herkimer County Animal Abuse Case

Another case of animal abuse hits Central New York. This time, 12 dogs are the victims. NYS Police rescued the dogs from a home on Route 28 between Middleville and Herkimer and then took them to the Herkimer County Humane Society. All the dogs are facing severe skin disease, starvation, and vision problems. And, this is one of many animal abuse cases we've reported over the last month. Some community members say they've had enough.
Another case of animal abuse hits Central New York. This time, 12 dogs are the victims. NYS Police rescued the dogs from a home on Route 28 between Middleville and Herkimer and then took them to the Herkimer County Humane Society.

All the dogs are facing severe skin disease, starvation, and vision problems. And, this is one of many animal abuse cases we've reported over the last month. Some community members say they've had enough.

"It breaks my heart. It really does. They don't deserve it. They've done nothing wrong," says Joanne Johnson, shelter manager at Herkimer County Humane Society.

Employees at Herkimer Co. Humane Society say they've worked with dozens of abused animals but they've never seen neglect like this.

"There's several cases of cataracts, blindness, even deafness," says Jodie Crews, assistant manager at Herkimer County Humane Society.

All the dogs tested positive for Lyme Disease. They're undergoing veterinary care but employees say recovery won't be easy.

"All the treatments to make sure their of health, the bathing for the skin issue to help them regrow their fur," says Crews.

While these dogs are safe at the Humane Society now, shelter employees say they're have been far to many cases of animal abuse and it's time for stricter penalties.

"A lot of times it doesn't go very far or far enough, so hopefully with more exposure that this is really happening, somebody, the courts, the law, the governor, will stop this," says Crews.

Dozens of residents spent their day donating food and blankets to the Humane Society. They say whether you're hurting a human or hurting an animal, this is a serious crime and it should be treated that way.

"I think they should face jail time, stiff penalties," says Christine Cadle, Little Falls resident.

"Jail time. It's not right to treat animals this way. They're helpless," says Joe Lavalla, Little Lalls resident.

"It makes you turn your head away and it brings a tear to your eye," says Jeffrey Pierson, Herkimer resident.

As far as these 12 dogs go, the Humane Society just has one hope.

"That we can get them up and on their feet, well, happy, and into a home where they can be running around, enjoying life," says Johnson.

We also spoke with NYS Police. They say no arrests have been made just yet, but the investigation is on-going and we'll have more information over the next few days.

The Herkimer County Humane Society says people have been extremely generous but they are still looking for help. They're asking for soft canned dog food, blankets, chew bones and rawhides for the 12 abused dogs. If you're interested in donating, you can bring items to the Herkimer Co. Humane Society at 514 State Route 5S in Mohawk. Or, Laineys Army, an animal activist group, will be holding a drop-off fundraiser tomorrow and Wednesday from 2p to 7p at 4624 Commercial Drive in New Hartford. Volunteers will deliver items to the Humane Society at the end of each night.



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