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Central New Yorkers Stand Up Against Animal Abuse

Central New York has seen a spike in animal abuse cases. You may recall the emaciated pit bull found on the street or the 12 dogs rescued from a home in Herkimer. Now some animal rights activists are saying no more abuse and some in more extreme ways than others.
Central New York has seen a spike in animal abuse cases. You may recall the emaciated pit bull found on the street or the 12 dogs rescued from a home in Herkimer. Now some animal rights activists are saying no more abuse and some in more extreme ways than others.
Animal rights advocates are hoping to take a bite out of animal cruelty. On top of adopt-a-thons and chew toy drives, the Mohawk Valley is stepping up this month with some radical actions. One woman is even putting herself in an abused animal’s shoes, or in this case, a collar.
"To be able to watch a dog go to 40/50 pounds down to 16, and to walk by that dog every day, that's absolutely cruel,” says founder of Lainey’s Army Kimberly Strong.
Strong is referring to Lainey, a 4 year old Australian Shepherd who was starved to death in Camden. Wednesday at noon marks the start of a 100 hour vigil for Lainey. Strong will be chained to a building for at least 18 hours a day wearing just shorts and a t-shirt, even in single digit weather.
"Our goal isn't to get sick or to lose fingers and toes. our goal is to make people aware that when you throw a dog outside, they're not meant for this, they're not meant for this weather,” said Strong.
Strong’s bold protest against abuse is just one of the many things happening Wednesday through Sunday at the site on Commercial Drive.
"We are also going to be doing a raw hide drive so every dog in every shelter in Central New York can have a raw hide for Christmas and we're also going to be building dog houses," says Strong.
Some local law makers are also stepping in and saying enough is enough.
"It seems every week you're watching different news stories about animals being abused, different animal cruelty cases so we get calls all the time from constitutes saying how can we come together and advocate for stronger laws so we decided to host this forum,” said Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.
Assemblyman Brindisi is hosting the “Protect Our Pets” forum December 18th at MVCC. Representatives from the District Attorney's and Sheriff's offices will be there for a discussion on strengthening state animal abuse laws, something workers at the Stevens-Swan Humane Society say is necessary.
"I think it's great that the community is standing up for these animals, it's not just us saying something or having to be quiet about it, the public themselves are standing up and saying hey, this is wrong something needs to be done,” said Shelter Manager John Treen.
The Stevens-Swan Humane Society is also holding a Christmas Cash Raffle. This is the last week to buy tickets. Tickets are 10 dollars apiece and all proceeds benefit the animals at the humane society. First prize is 5,000 dollars.

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