Dogs Allegedly Starved to Death Deserve Justice

Target: John Muehl, Otsego County District Attorney, New York State

Goal: Ensure rigorous prosecution for the alleged animal cruelty leading to the death and suffering of several dogs.

In a harrowing discovery, law enforcement officers reportedly seized four severely emaciated dogs from a property in Laurens, with reports leading to the uncovering of an additional five dogs, tragically deceased. Allegations have surfaced against Ashley H. Williams, 35, who faces charges including felony aggravated cruelty to animals. These charges stem from the alleged neglect and mistreatment of these innocent animals, leading to conditions of dire starvation and subsequent death. The surviving dogs, now under the care of the Susquehanna SPCA, highlight a glaring case of alleged animal cruelty that shocks the conscience.

Further investigations by deputies reportedly revealed a disturbing scene: the deceased dogs were found wrapped in blankets and placed in trash bags, a grim testament to their alleged neglect. Necropsies performed at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine reportedly determined the cause of death as starvation, with some evidence suggesting the living dogs resorted to cannibalism to survive. Such details not only underscore the alleged severity of the neglect but also illuminate the desperate conditions these animals endured.

The necessity for swift and decisive legal action in response to these allegations cannot be overstated. To allow such alleged acts of cruelty to go unpunished would set a dangerous precedent, undermining efforts to protect vulnerable animals and ensure their well-being. Demand a full and thorough prosecution of the accused, aiming for the maximum penalties allowed under the law to serve as a deterrent against future instances of animal cruelty.


Dear DA John Muehl,

We write to you deeply troubled by the alleged findings of severe animal cruelty in Laurens, involving four severely emaciated dogs rescued and five deceased due to alleged starvation and neglect. The charges filed against Ashley H. Williams, including felony aggravated cruelty to animals, represent only the beginning of what should be a vigorous legal response to these horrifying allegations. It is imperative that this case receives the full attention and resources of your office to ensure justice is served.

The evidence, as reported, paints a harrowing picture of suffering and neglect. The alleged conditions in which these animals lived, leading to their severe emaciation and the death of others, are shocking and intolerable. The necropsy reports suggesting starvation and partial cannibalization among the dogs underscore the urgency and severity of this situation. These allegations not only demand justice for the victims but also call for a strong message to be sent regarding the consequences of such egregious acts of animal cruelty.

Therefore, we urge you to pursue the maximum legal penalties against those allegedly responsible for this cruelty. This case must be a priority, with a rigorous prosecution that reflects the gravity of the alleged acts. By doing so, you will send a clear message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated and that the legal system stands ready to defend the voiceless and vulnerable.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Ivan Bandura


  1. This case is so sad. The victims are dead due to one woman. How does she live with herself knowing what she has done. What reason could she have to kill all those dogs. For what? This is yet another example of our supposed legal system. We do have a legal system but no system of justice. The dogs deserve justice, the woman does not. We everyday people contribute to organizations working to stop this pain and death of animals. We are getting tired of nothing being done to those who do the harm and cause the deaths of animals. Now there is a cloth bag which provides a stunning statement on the front saying, “I support putting animal abusers to sleep.” This too may come to pass. If the legal system can do nothing then maybe putting them to sleep will help others live instead of suffer and die.

  2. The “penalties under the law” for animal neglect and abuse/cruelty are woefully deficient to begin with. The other sickening and subversive aspect is the word “necropsy” itself, vs “autopsy,” ALREADY imparting a deliberate division, claiming humans are “higher than” and superior to all other life forms. All this nonsense has to go into the trashcan! OTHER animals would NEVER, EVER maliciously perpetrate such vile actions upon other species…so WHO’s really superior? THEY are, and they also ARE “selves” unto themselves.

    “…necropsy is derived from the Greek words “nekros” meaning dead body and “opsis” meaning sight, and is the **preferred** term for the examination of non-human animals.
    Autopsy, on the other hand, comes from the Greek words “autos” meaning self and “opsis” meaning sight, and is used **exclusively** for the examination of human bodies.

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