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19 Dogs Rescued From Oneida Home

Another case of animal abuse has sprung up in our area but this one is a little different than those we've seen in the past month or so. An investigation is pending in the City of Oneida after 19 allegedly abused dogs were rescued this weekend from a 73-year old woman's home.
Another case of animal abuse has sprung up in our area but this one is a little different than those we've seen in the past month or so. An investigation is pending in the City of Oneida after 19 allegedly abused dogs were rescued this weekend from a 73-year old woman's home. The dogs are currently being housed in foster homes around the area until their medical needs can be taken care of.
Angels of Fur is a non-profit group that teamed up with an Oneida City police officer to rescue 19 Chihuahuas this weekend. The members who spoke with Eyewitness News say it was not a pretty site.
"They were in lots of feces you know they were urinating all over the place, in the crate, outside where she did have the hospital pads,” said Melissa Jones, Director and Founder of Angels of Fur.
"I mean, they're bad, their teeth all have to be pulled, they all need to be neutered, the one needs to be spade, the big dogs need to be fixed, the one might have a thyroid condition, we don't know, it was nasty,” said Sunni Weimer, the Foster Care Coordinator for Angels of Fur.
Jones and Weimer both help to run Angels of Fur and were part of the rescue team. They say although the dogs were in bad condition, this is not your typical abuse case.
"Hoarding situations are different than someone who just takes in a lot of animals and does bad things to them...they don’t' believe they're doing anything bad to them,” says Jones.
Jones says the woman being accused of hoarding the animals in a small two bedroom home truly did love them and did not think she was doing anything wrong. But even so, Angels of Fur is now left with 19 dogs in bad shape.
"It didn't look as though they were fed all the time, they were fed out of one dish, and I notice here with these guys they all fight over one dish,” said Jones.
Most, if not all of the 19 dogs, will need all of their teeth extracted, which could cost anywhere from 300 to 600 dollars per dog.
"The big, big thing is medical expenses, I mean two of them need major surgeries and the rest of them all need their teeth pulled,” says Jones.
Angels of Fur is asking for the community's help to pay for the expensive medical bills but other animal activists are asking for a different kind of help.
"The Oneida Police Department needs to step up and they need to get charges pressed against this woman,” says Kimberly Strong, Founder of Lainey’s Army.
Strong says "hoarding" is abuse any way you look at it and causes issues for the entire community
"It creates a crisis for all the shelters, all the rescues, it creates a flood of animals into the area it creates a bunch of medical bills,” said Strong.
Strong says county lines don't matter when it comes to animal abuse. So, Lainey's Army, and the Stevens-Swan Humane Society are helping Angels of Fur in a drive this Wednesday to collect items for the 19 dogs. It’s happening from 3 to 7 in the afternoon at 4624 Commercial Drive in New Hartford and at Pet Supplies Plus. You can also drop off supplies at Doggy Style Gallery in Whitesboro.
Some of the supplies needed includes:
•Puppy pads
•Raw apple cider vinegar
•Towels
•Cat litter
•Soft dog food
•Soft treats
They are also accepting monetary donations.

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