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Herkimer Woman Pleads Guilty in Connection to 12 Abused Dogs

The Herkimer woman accused of malnourishing a dozen dogs pleaded guilty. Humane officers removed 12 dogs from Barbara Smith's Herkimer home back in October.
The Herkimer woman accused of malnourishing a dozen dogs pleaded guilty. Humane officers removed 12 dogs from Barbara Smith's Herkimer home back in October. According to our colleagues at the Utica Observer Dispatch, Barbara Smith pleaded guilty in Herkimer Town Court last Thursday. She pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of malnourishment.
Representatives from the Herkimer Humane Society say Smith's dogs were in terrible condition.
"We responded to a call from the state police to go in and take these 12 dogs they were in terrible living conditions, terrible body conditions," said Laura Harding of the Herkimer Humane Society.
Harding helped rescue the 12 dogs from Barbara Smith's home. She says she and her coworkers want to see justice served for the dogs.
"For them to have gone through this they deserve some kind of justice and we would also ask that Ms. Smith does not get any dogs in the future,” said Harding.
According to the Herkimer County District Attorney, Harding and her colleagues are getting their wish. Smith is expected to be placed on three years of probation after her sentencing. She also must give up ownership of the dogs to the Humane Society and pay back 17 thousand dollars in shelter and veterinary costs.
"Some of them were in bad shape and they've come a long way and it's because of our staff," said Susan Gokey, Board President of the Herkimer Humane Society.
Gokey says one of her main issues are lax animal cruelty laws currently in place.
"I really would like to see this woman punished to the fullest extent to the law which really doesn't mean a whole lot so the laws do need to change,” said Gokey.
Smith's sentencing is set for June 10th. She still has possession of one dog and faced no criminal charges in connection with that dog.

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