By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Christopher M. D’Amato, 54, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after deputies were called to the scene, where, while walking around the property, observed dead sheep and alpacas, deputies said.
Other farm animals, including horses, were found to be neglected, they added.
“The owner had some health issues, but that doesn’t excuse the conditions these animals were kept in,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. “People should know by now that you can call for help.”
D’Amato was told to bury the deceased animals, and several animals were removed from the farm by a friend to tend. Two horses, which Devlin said were found to be in “good shape” remained on the farm. However, Devlin said, a deputy would check in frequently to make sure the owner continued to take care of them.
The owners was charged with with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, and failure to provide proper sustenance under Ag & Markets Law 353. He was released on an appearance ticket.
“I don’t think the penalties are harsh enough,” said Devlin.