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Severely Emaciated Dog Found on Whitesboro Street in Utica

The Utica Police Department found a severely emaciated pit bull on Whitesboro Street in Utica Thursday who is now fighting for her life. The dog, named Autumn, was taken to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society where she is being tested and treated although the organization says she is in critical condition.
The Utica Police Department found a severely emaciated pit bull on Whitesboro Street in Utica Thursday who is now fighting for her life. The dog, named Autumn, was taken to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society where she is being tested and treated although the organization says she is in critical condition.
Autumn was found 40 pounds underweight and severely dehydrated. Sadly, members of the animal activist group Lainey's Army say that indicates the dog had been abused over a long period of time.
"Do you know how long it would take for a dog to get starved to that level of skinny; I mean that doesn't happen in a day or two,” says Kimberly Strong.
Strong is the founder of Lainey's Army, a group started back in May after a dog was found in Camden and starved to death. In this case, the female pit bull, Autumn, was found in a non-residential area on Whitesboro Street which Strong suggests means the dog either wandered there or was dumped by the owner. She says whoever is responsible for Autumn's condition is sick.
"You have to be sadistic, that goes beyond just anger, I mean that's a mean, mean, nasty person, and they're living in your communities,” said Strong.
Representatives from Lainey's Army say Autumn's condition is unacceptable, but not unique. There have been at least three separate cases of emaciated dogs found in this area in just this past year.
"You had Sophia, which was another dog that was brought to Stevens-Swan and starved, she's doing amazing up there, you had Apollo a few years back, you had Lainey, you have dogs that have been pulled out of trailers in north Utica and the Deerfield area,” said Strong.
Strong says these repeat cases are the reason her group is pushing for an Oneida County humane investigator, to prosecute these cases and area residents agree something must be done to these abusers.
"Somebody that did something like that to an animal should have the same pain inflicted on them," says Diane Polce from Utica.
"I probably couldn't say it on air but they should spend quite a while in jail, it's just not right," said Larry Scarafile from Utica.
"It’s devastating, I just can't stand it, it's sickening,” said Mary Christiansen. “It makes me sick to think that somebody would do that to an animal."
Lainey's Army is offering a reward of $1,200, thanks to donors, for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for Autumn's condition.

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