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Case ID: 19930
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Prosecutor(s): Scott D. McNamara

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Friday, May 17, 2013

County: Oneida

Disposition: Alleged

Abuser names unreleased

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

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.

The contact info for DA is:

Scott D. McNamara, ESQ.
Oneida County District Attorney
235 Elizabeth Street
Utica, New York 13501
Phone: 315.798.5766 Fax: 315.798.5582

Case Updates

Two more dogs have been seized from a home in Camden where just last week a dog was found severely emaciated.

On Friday, May 17, authorities found a dog named Lainey in a rusty cage at the end of a driveway on Babcock Road in Camden.

Lainey, a four year old Australian Shepherd mix was extremely emaciated, weighing just 15 pounds when she should have weighed at least 45.

"He didn't feed her for months. He didn't water for months," said Sarah Starczewski, the Operations Manager at the Humane Society of Rome of Lainey's condition.

Despite the shelter's best efforts, Lainey did not make it and died Monday morning.

Now shelter officials say authorities have seized two five month old puppies from the same home.

The two, five-month old puppies are in care of the shelter and although they are currently full of worms, officials say they seem to be doing well.

Charges have not yet been filed in the case, but the Oneida County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating.

Starczewski says she has been told that the person who lives on the property told officials that Lainey was not his dog, but his ex's, whom he is in sort of battle with.
Source: WKTV - May 22, 2013
Update posted on Jun 7, 2013 - 7:34PM 


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