The Herkimer County Humane Society took in 12 dogs over the weekend suffering from various stages of neglect.
Jodie Crews, assistant manager at the humane society, said Monday the dogs have a long road to recovery.
“Three to four of the dogs are severely emaciated … Some are critical at this point. At least six of them, we have to keep an eye on,” said Crews from where the shelter was keeping the dogs.
Crews said some of the dogs are also suffering from heart and lung problems, mange and cataracts, that may be a result of neglect. One dog also had a broken leg that was never treated. She said all of the dogs have tested positive for Lyme disease.
Crews said the veterinarians have looked the dogs over, but some couldn’t tell how old the dogs were because of the severe dental problems some of them have.
The dogs were brought into the care of the shelter after someone notified state police of their condition over the weekend after visiting a residence on state Route 28, Crews said. The humane society was contacted and asked to send a dog control officer to investigate the scene.
“Somebody stopped by the residence and saw the dogs in this condition, and they were moaning and crying, and they called the state police,” she said.
State police, who couldn’t be reached for comment, have not announced any charges in the case. According to the Herkimer County Humane Society’s Facebook page, an investigation is under way.
During a visit to the shelter on Monday, Crews tried to coax one of the dogs, Peanut, to stop scratching at one of its open sores from the mange because it kept bleeding.
“The skin is so delicate from the mange,” she said.
Crews said since local news and social media started reporting on the dogs, the shelter has received “a nice, overwhelming” response from the community, which has included donations of food and blankets.
Lyn Cipriano, a member of the humane society board of directors, was one of several people who dropped off food Monday morning at the shelter. She said she and her husband, John, bought some dog food at Wal-Mart. She said once they talked to Wal-Mart employees about why they were buying so much food, they ended up donating some supplies.
“We have 50 other dogs we have to feed, so this is nice,” said Crews.
The shelter’s Facebook page thanked Dr. Brenda Armstrong from Herkimer Veterinary Associates “who spent time [Saturday] and [Sunday] at the shelter for assessing and treating the animals and also to the staff and volunteers for assisting!!”
Page 2 of 2 - The shelter is asking for canned food donations, since the 12 dogs are being fed three times a day. They are also asking for any extra blankets that can be donated, because the dogs diagnosed with mange will need their blankets changed.
The shelter is also thanking the individuals that notified the police about the dogs on its Facebook page.
“If you see this happening,” said Crews, “it needs to be reported before it gets this bad.”