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Herkimer (WSYR-TV) - The Herkimer County Humane Society says the 12 abused dogs it’s caring for are beginning to settle in, but many are still in bad shape.
The humane society says it is possibly the worst case of dog abuse they've ever seen.
Humane society personnel and New York State Police were called to a home located between Herkimer and Middleville and found the dozen dogs malnourished, bald and blind. At least one dog seemed to have broken bones that were never treated.
As of Tuesday, the humane society says most of the dogs are eating better. As many as five are still in guarded condition
The dogs are being given antibiotics for Lyme disease and some of the dogs are on pain medication.
One dog is being treated for a broken leg by a veterinarian.
The Herkimer County Humane Society was already nearly full when the dogs came in, so they are in need of public donations. Because these dogs have contagious illnesses, they will dispose of the bedding often.If you want to donate, visit the shelter's website for more information.
They are in particular need of bedding and special food donations, cleaning supplies and antibacterial wipes.
Jodie Crews, one of the shelter's managers, said on Monday, "In speaking with the vet, when you rate them on a scale of one to nine, two of them are below a one." She says the dogs are suffering from mange, skin irritation and oral hygiene problems.
“It was deplorable. It was heartbreaking. It was disgusting to see. They were frightened, they were scared,” said Joanne Johnson, manager of the shelter, on Monday. “It’s just hard to see them and you look at them and say ‘how can somebody do this.’”
“Some are just in a depressed state and hopefully with a few more days of the proper treatment and food and shelter, they'll start responding more. It’s going to be a long, slow process,” Johnson said.
New York State Police are continuing their investigation and looking into possible charges. Johnson says that felony charges are not out of the question since some of the animals had broken bones.
“Laws need to become stiffer and the lawmakers need to act faster in cases like this,” Johnson said.