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  • Herkimer woman pleads guilty for 12 malnourished dogs

  • A Herkimer woman pleaded guilty last week in connection to the malnourishment of a dozen dogs at her home.
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  • A Herkimer woman pleaded guilty last week in connection to the malnourishment of a dozen dogs at her home.
    Barbara Smith, 65, pleaded guilty in Herkimer Town Court last Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of failure to provide proper sustenance under the state Agriculture and Markets law, prosecutors said.
    Smith is expected to be placed on probation when she’s sentenced Tuesday, June 10. She’ll be monitored for the next three years, Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter said.
    She also must surrender ownership of all 12 dogs to the Herkimer County Humane Society, must pay back $17,000 to the shelter for veterinarian bills and confinement costs stemming from the care of the 12 dogs, and is prohibited from owning any dogs other than the one she currently owns, Carpenter said.
    Smith faced no criminal charges in connection to that dog, he said.
    On Monday, Carpenter explained why Smith probably would not have faced incarceration if she was convicted of her crimes after a trial.
    “I believe that jail time would have been an unlikely result given the facts and circumstances of this case and the defendant’s lack of criminal history,” Carpenter said.
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