The Herkimer County Humane Society had a busy weekend after a dozen neglected dogs were brought through their doors. Veterinarians say based on the poor condition of these dogs, they believe the neglect had been going on for years. Cara Thomas has more.
HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Twelve dogs were rescued this weekend after potentially years of neglect.
"They have very bad body condition, on a scale from one to nine, a few of them are less than a one. Emaciated. That's visibly, that's what we saw visibly," said Jodie Crews, Humane Society Assistant Manager.
It's when they had these dogs assessed they realized how bad their conditions were. All of the dogs were diagnosed with Lyme disease and are suffering from mange of varying degrees.
Crews said, "It's very irritating, painful. At this point, just itching, breaking their skin open, not to mention that a majority of their toe nails are curled right up in the pads of their feet, so everything's uncomfortable."
Officials from the humane society say the dogs were taken from a home on Route 28 between Herkimer and Middleville. They were without any food and water and their living conditions were filthy.
"There were a few dogs houses, but other fenced in areas were full of feces and dirty hay, burdocks, ticks, everything. The smell, but their fences had holes, so they could all run out of them at any time," Crews said.
All twelve dogs are now being cared for by the Herkimer County Humane Society. They're being medically treated and fed soft food three times a day.
Crews said, "They have food now, they have water now and we try to just give them some peace and love that's why we're work working with them."
Workers at the humane society say when the owners were confronted, they didn't think they had done anything wrong. State Police are currently conducting an investigation and no charges have been filed.
If you're looking to help, there are some things the community can do to help. The Herkimer County Humane Society is looking for donations, both monetary donations to help with medical bills, as well as canned food, blankets and they're also asking for someone to donate a baby monitor so they can better attend to the dogs when needed.
For more information, head to the Herkimer County Humane Society's Facebook page.