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Case of Starved Dog Lainey Heading to Trial

The case of the starved dog Lainey could be headed to trial. Ian West appeared in Oneida County Court this morning only to withdraw the plea offer. So, the case continues with Lainey’s Army at the forefront once again.
The case of the starved dog Lainey could be headed to trial. Ian West appeared in Oneida County Court this morning only to withdraw the plea offer. So, the case continues with Lainey’s Army at the forefront once again.
West appeared in court today with his new attorney. He decided to reject the offer of one year probation with the first six months served in jail. All of this after the Oneida County Judge said he could not continue with the initial agreed-upon punishment of five years probation.
Lainey's army sat front row as West walked through the courtroom, anxiously waiting to hear a sentencing of the man who plead guilty in connection with the death of the Australian Shepard Lainey last May. But instead, there was another delay in the case.
Judge Barry Donalty warned West that if he is convicted in the case now, he could serve up to two years in county jail. West’s defense attorney says the felony charge of aggravated cruelty is an over-reach in this case.
"It's like throwing the animal against the wall, it's burning the animal, that aggravated cruelty element is not here, present so I don't believe a felony should have been charged, I think he's over charged so that's why we're withdrawing the plea and at this point proceeding to trial," said the Defense Attorney in the case Frank Mellace.
Members of Lainey's Army do not agree.
"42 days of starvation, that's just, that's unconscionable, he didn't have to torture her, he chose to and that's our big thing that's our contention with all of this," says Founder of Lainey’s Army Kimberly Strong.
"Something like this, with Lainey, 42 days and nights of not being fed or watered at all, I would say years in jail," said Patti Gallacher, a member of Lainey’s Army.
The next phase in the process is to argue the motions. West and his attorney are set to be back in court on March 12th.

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