It's been nearly seven months since a starved dog was rescued from her abusive owner. Lainey was left outside without food and water for weeks and ultimately died from her injuries. A local animal advocacy group wants the man responsible to be punished to the fullest extent. YNN's Cara Thomas tells us about one woman's protest, where she'll experience firsthand what it's like to be chained up outside.
NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- Temperatures are in the 20s, the wind is blowing and snow will be falling, but Kim Strong doesn't care because she's determined to send a message.
"There is no excuse, there is no reason in the world to starve a dog for 40 plus days," said Kim Strong with Justice for Lainey.
Lainey was a dog who died after her owner failed to provide her with her basic needs. Last week, Ian West pleaded guilty to aggravated animal abuse, admitting to leaving the dog outside without any food or water for weeks. West agreed to a pre-trial offer of five years probation. But members of Lainey's Army say that's not enough.
"He had other options, he chose not to take them. There has to be accountability for that, there needs to be jail time for that," said Strong.
For five days, Strong will be standing outside in the cold to honor Lainey. She says it's a rude awakening to realize the agonizing pain abused and abandoned animals go through day after day.
Strong said, "People need to know that when dogs are tethered outside in the cold alone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it's awful and it's cold. And the last two hours of this event, which is on Sunday, I'm going to be doing this in shorts and a t-shirt to represent the pitbulls who are tied out there in the cold without the fur to handle it."
Food and warmth will have to be bought for her. People can donate toward Strong's cause and when they give a certain amount, Lainey's Army will provide her with a warm or cold meal, coffee, a few minutes to warm up, and even a dog house.
"For $30 they can buy one side of my dog house. After I get six sides I can use it for one hour to be in an insulated, warm, protected environment, then it will be dismantled and delivered to somebody who needs a dog house," she said.
Even after only being outside for an hour, Strong knew this task wasn't going to be easy. But says every second will be worth it if she can save even one dog from a life of tethering.
Strong has nurses and doctors monitoring her health throughout the event.
All the proceeds from the hundred-hour tethering will go to local shelters for rescue and medical funds. People are also asked to donate rawhides for shelter dogs as well as winter clothing for people who can't afford to stay warm this season.
A petition is also being signed, asking the judge to reconsider the severity of Ian West's sentence.