UTICA, N.Y.-- An Oneida County legislature meeting drew more than a dozen activists for one specific cause.
A group called Lainey's Army is pushing the legislature to create a humane animal investigator position. The activists claim animal control officers don't have enough power over people.
Some members said regular officers aren't trained enough to handle the work full time.
"I'm sad. The amount of animals that are stuck in horrific living conditions, begging for somebody to come and save them, and there isn't anybody. Not one person in Oneida County that can do this job," said Rebecca Yoxall, a member of Lainey's Army.
"Those investigators, those police officers, aren't responding to human calls. They're responding to the animal call, so you're already doing it. The county's already doing it. They're just paying more people to do the job, and they're doing it ineffectively," said Kim Strong, Lainey's Army organizer.
Lainey's Army also supports heavier penalties for animal abusers. The group is named after a dog who was removed from a home, and ultimately died because of starvation.