Twelve dogs victimized in animal abuse case

Oct 13, 2013 Full story: WKTV 153

The Herkimer County Humane Society reported that they took in 12 dogs who appeared to be abused and neglected, Sunday.

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I am Suprised

Utica, NY

#148 Nov 9, 2013
she is 65 ?? she looks about 45

Cortland, NY

#149 Nov 9, 2013
Where is there a picture of her???

Utica, NY

#151 Nov 9, 2013
I am Suprised wrote:
she is 65 ?? she looks about 45
You must not have gotten very close.
more sad

Newport, NY

#152 Nov 10, 2013
so sad wrote:
Wonder how many have died that we don't know about?
wonder how many she stole that we dont no about

Cortland, NY

#153 Nov 10, 2013
Where is there a picture of her..........
Whispers from the past

Utica, NY

#154 Dec 12, 2013
Found on the Herkimer county humane society facebook page
The court appearance for Barbara Smith, the owner of the 12 dogs, has been cancelled for today and rescheduled for next Tuesday, 12/17.
Judge Lassie

Poland, NY

#155 Dec 12, 2013
BIG DEAL !!!!!!!!

Herkimer, NY

#156 Dec 17, 2013
Has anyone heard what happened in court today?
Whispers in the past

Utica, NY

#157 Dec 19, 2013
Barbara Smith, the woman charged with two dozen counts of animal cruelty was back in court Tuesday afternoon. In mid-October humane officers removed 12 dogs from her Herkimer home. She appeared in the Town of Herkimer Court to answer the charges Tuesday.
Smith came to court Tuesday afternoon but her controversial case was adjourned until January 14th. But she was not alone in that court room. Animal rights advocates from across county lines showed up to make sure the dogs that they say were abused get justice.
"For them to have gone through this they deserve some kind of justice and we would also ask that Ms. Smith does not get any dogs in the future,” says Laura Harding of the Herkimer County Humane Society.
Harding saw first-hand what the 12 dogs went through. She was one of the humane officers who pulled them out of Smith's house on October 12th. She says it was not a pretty sight.
"They were in terrible living conditions, terrible body conditions,” said Harding.
On November 8th smith was arrested on 12 misdemeanor accounts of animal cruelty. She was then arraigned and released on R.O.R. Before her case was adjourned Tuesday, the Herkimer County D.A. and judge ordered her to take the one dog she still owns to the vet as soon as possible and not to obtain any more animals while the case is ongoing. Animal rights advocates are none too happy that Smith still has a dog.
"I drove by a sign that said 1,000 dollar fine for littering, really, a thousand dollar fine for littering but you can still keep a dog when you're being punished and there's no fines to go with it?" says Founder of Lainey’s Army Kimberly Strong.
They also say they came to court to push for tougher laws on animal abuse.
"There needs to be harsher punishment because right now, oh well, I didn't feed my dog it goes to the humane society it's re-homed, there's no long lasting penalty,” says Johanna Stock, an animal advocate for Pause 4 All Paws.
"I really would like to see this woman punished, well, to the fullest extent of the law, which doesn't mean a whole lot, so the laws do need to change and the quicker the better,” says Susan Gokey, Board President of the Herkimer County Humane Society.
Wednesday night many of these same animal advocates will be at the open public forum being held at M.V.CC. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi will be there along with the Oneida County D.A. to discuss issues of animal cruelty and laws in the area
Whispers from the past

Utica, NY

#158 Dec 19, 2013
I found the above story on
Whispers from the past

Utica, NY

#159 Jan 14, 2014
NEWS: We just received a call from the DA's office and court that was scheduled for 1:30 pm today for the case of the 12 neglected dogs has been POSTPONED. We're told the new date is February 11th at 1:30 pm. We're terribly let down and frustrated as you can imagine. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Whispers from the past

Utica, NY

#160 Jan 14, 2014
The above post was from the Herkimer County Humane Society Facebook page
Laurie Smith

Canajoharie, NY

#162 Jun 11, 2014
I'm looking for Mindy....point me in the right direction.tyvm

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