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Woman Charged in Case of 12 Abused Herkimer Dogs Appears in Court

Barbara Smith, the woman charged with two dozen counts of animal cruelty was back in court Tuesday. Back in October, humane officers removed 12 dogs from her Herkimer home. She appeared in the Town of Herkimer Court to answer the charges.
Barbara Smith, the woman charged with two dozen counts of animal cruelty was back in court Tuesday. Back in October, humane officers removed 12 dogs from her Herkimer home. She appeared in the Town of Herkimer Court to answer the charges.
Smith came to court, and then she left court, her controversial case adjourned until January 14th. But that was not before the Herkimer County D.A. and judge made her agree to some terms regarding the one dog she still owns.
On October 12th the Herkimer County Humane Society got a call from state police about a woman who was later officially charged for abusing over a dozen dogs.
"They were in terrible living conditions, terrible body conditions,” says Laura Harding of the Herkimer County Humane Society.
"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 County Humane Society.
12 dogs were taken from Barbara Smith's home that night but one still remains. Tuesday in court, Smith was ordered to take this dog to the vet for a physical examination. She also swore under oath she only has that one dog and will not obtain any more animals before the investigation is over. Area animal rights activists are not happy.
"I’m really disappointed that she has that dog, she obviously hurt 12 dogs that's not even in question but yet, she still has a dog,” says Kimberly Strong, Founder of Lainey’s Army.
"I’m a single, disabled mother, I have two dogs and a daughter, they are my children just as much as my human child, and they are taken care of just as well as my human child is because that's what they deserve so if you can't afford to properly care for them, don't have them,” said Johanna Stock, an animal advocate for Pause 4 All Paws.
The animal advocates say they just want to see justice brought for these 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.
Humane Society workers also say Ms. Smith came to visit the dogs twice after they were taken to the shelter.
The dogs are still being held at the Herkimer County Humane Society. Staff from the shelter say they are doing a lot better but still having some problems socializing with other animals or people.

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