Community comes together for 12 abused dogs


MOHAWK, N.Y. (WKTV) -- Support is pouring out for 12 neglected dogs seized from a residence on State Route 28 between Herkimer and Middleville.

The Herkimer County Humane Society is taking care of the dozen very sick and diseased dogs. The state police and the Herkimer County Humane Society assistant manager, Jodie Crews, responded to the situation on Saturday after someone pulled up to the property, saw the dogs, and called police. Crews said there was at least one more dog on the property that got away. They're hoping to recover it and are concerned there could be more.

The dogs all tested positive for Lyme Disease, have Sarcoptic Mange and diseased teeth. Some are blind, possibly from malnutrition.

"They're extremely uncomfortable. Their skin is so thin it tears when they itch. Their toenails were curled into the pads of their feet. They're just in rough shape," said Crews.

The humane society is now over capacity and running out of supplies.

"We're in need of the soft-canned food because that's what these guys are getting three times a day just so that they have an easier meal while they're healing, so we'll be going through a lot of that. Blankets because the mange and we have to throw everything away, cleaning supplies, everything has to be sterilized- everything like that. So, it's definitely a need for us," said Crews.

Residents are starting to rally together to help these animals.

"Everybody wants no-kill shelters, everybody wants shelters to save all these animals. They can't do it alone," said Kimberly Strong, founder of Lainey's Army. "Tomorrow and Wednesday, which is Tuesday and Wednesday, from 2 to 7 p.m, we're collecting canned dog food, blankets, sheets, towels, bleach, raw hides, clawing toys, chew toys for the dogs."

It's a story tugging on heart strings across the country.

"We have a woman from Florida who has bought pizza and wings and soda for tomorrow so anyone who brings it down, bring your lunch money, donate to Herkimer and come have free lunch on a woman from Florida," said Strong.

The donation drive will be at 4624 Commercial Drive from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. They're also asking for monetary donations to help pay for the antibiotics.

The state police know who the owners are and are working on securing a deposition.

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