Charges pending after dog dies from severe starvation in Camden
CAMDEN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Charges are pending in an animal abuse case that has left an Australian Shepherd mix dead after being starved in Camden. The Oneida County Sheriff's office found the dog named Lainey around 5 p.m. in a cage on property in the 3800 block of Babcock Road Friday night. Authorities were alerted to Lainey's situation after a call from a concerned citizen. Lt. James McCarthy, spokesman for the Oneida County Sheriff's Office said that the cage had been outside for quite a while and they were unsure of just how long Lainey had been left outside. Lainey, estimated to be roughly four years old, was brought to the Rome Animal Hospital and examined before being placed in the custody of The Humane Society of Rome. Officials with the shelter said Lainey was severely emaciated when she arrived and had anticipated many months of testing and rehabilitation. It was also thought that she would have to undergo surgery on her eye to remove scar tissue. However, on Monday morning, officials with the Humane Society stated that despite the efforts of all those involved, Lainey did not make it. "All of us at the Humane Society of Rome are heartbroken to report that Lainey passed away this morning on the way to the emergency vet. Our caring staff worked around the clock to give her the best possible care, but too much damage had already been done to her little body. Thank you to everyone who donated towards her care, & who kept her in your thoughts & prayers. Please don't forget her, please reach out to the Oneida County D.A and ask that her abuser receive the maximum punishment," the shelter stated on their Facebook page. Lt. McCarthy said there are pending charges but currently no arrests in the case, adding that authorities are working to try and pinpoint who the owner is.