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Charges being filed in 'dirty dozen' dog neglect case

By ANNA MEILER

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) -- Charges are being filed in the case of the 12 dogs that were rescued from a home in Herkimer County a month ago.

They were found malnourished, suffering from mange, Lyme Disease and their toenails were curled into the pads of their paws. A month later, Peanut, Biscuit, Blondie and the rest of them are doing much better.

After many medicated baths their skin is improving, and they're on the last week of their Lyme Disease treatment. They're also more active and sociable and their tails are wagging again. The manager of the Herkimer County Humane Society said donations from the community have greatly helped the dogs in their recovery, though they have a long way to go.

She said after going a month without answers, she's relieved to hear charges will be filed.

"Thankful that something's finally happening. I mean, it's been a month, you know, that we've kind of been in limbo with these dogs and their owners and what's going to happen and what's been going on and why no charges have taken this long, but the important thing is in the end if it's justification for these dogs and for their health and their well being then it's all worth it," said Joanne Johnson, manager, Herkimer County Humane Society.

Johnson also wants to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"I want to see an end to this, I want to see that there is no chance- I want it in writing that there's no chance she can have these dogs back or maybe any dog in the future either. That's something we're going to be asking for is that she not be allowed to have any animals for whatever length of time," she said.

Police still aren't releasing the woman's name.

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