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Adopt-a-Thon roughly a quarter of way to goal of finding 100 animals homes

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Adopt-a-thon being held all week in New Hartford is on a roll and making strides in its mission to find good homes for 100 animals within a week.

Organizers say that 22 animals have been adopted as of Tuesday and $1,000 raised in sales since the Adopt-a-thon began on Saturday. All proceeds and sales from the Adopt-a-thon will go towards the nine local shelters that the organization Lainey's Army is working with

The group Lainey's Army takes its name from Lainey, a four year old Australian Shepherd who was starved and neglected in Camden. Lainey was seized by the Oneida County Sheriff's office and brought to the Rome Veterinary Clinic weighing just 16 pounds. She was transported to the Humane Society of Rome where she died just days later. A man named Ian West had been charged in the case. While results of the case are awaited through the courts system, the group is looking to bring attention to better animal welfare.

Despite all their efforts, Trish Dobson of Lainey's Army says that donations are still needed.

"We could use more donations for our wish list," Dobson said. "There are items that are on the humane societies' and shelters' wish list, things like bleach and laundry detergent and dish soap and animal food and cat litter."

The group hopes that roughly 10-12 animals a day can be adopted over the course of the event, which is being held at 4622 Commercial Drive in New Hartford. It is open from Noon - 5 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends. The Adopt-a-Thon runs until Saturday, August 24.

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