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      Emaciated dog found stray in Utica with a shoelace around its neck

      Utica police discovered an emaciated three year old boxer mix in the 500 block of Whitesboro Street in Utica with a shoelace tied around her neck. Ribs are showing and skin is hanging off the dog which has been named Autumn by the staff of the Stevens Swan Humane Society in Utica.

      Autumn is in critical condition weighing just 22 pounds. A boxer mix of her age should weigh 60 pounds. The Humane Society is running tests on her and gradually introducing hydration and nutrition.

      Anyone who has information about the dog and her owner is asked to contact the Stevens Swan Humane Society at 738-4357 ext. 0. Police do not know to whom the dog belongs.

      If Autumn can recover she would then be made available for adoption, but that is a long way off.

      A group called Lainey's Army is offering a $1200 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the neglect of the boxer.

      Northeastern Roofing and Asbestos, a company out of Utica, is also offering a reward. It's offering $300 for the information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for neglecting this dog.