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  • DA: Alleged dog neglect not being ignored

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  • The Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office offered assurances this week that the matter of 12 dogs that appeared to be suffering from neglect earlier this month is not being ignored.
    After receiving numerous letters from people concerned about the status of the investigation into the alleged abuse, District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter said a state police investigator is continuing to look into the circumstances.
    “When he completes his investigation, he’ll make a determination if any criminal liability exists and who the defendant will be,” Carpenter said. “If someone is charged and arrested for these offenses, then we will prosecute them.”
    The dogs were rescued Oct. 12 from home on state Route 28, and they appeared to be suffering from severe skin disease, starvation, vision problems and a broken leg that was never treated.
    All the dogs also tested positive for Lyme disease.
    The dogs continue to be cared for by the Herkimer County Humane Society, but nobody has yet been charged in connection to the condition of the dogs.
    Of the people who have been writing Carpenter, he said, “I appreciate their concern for the safety of these animals, but I just ask them to allow this investigation to run its course. The dogs are safe right now at this time.”
    Carpenter said he would not comment on the allegations and whether any crimes have or have not been committed.
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