Arrest Made in Pig Abuse Case

Arrest Made In

Pig-Neglect Case

With a container of dry corn, Alicia Neilsen seeks to lure one of the four rescued pigs into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter on Monday.  Neilsen, a volunteer at Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin, is assisted by SAS volunteer Cat Chicorelli, left.. (Jim Kevlin/
Jared Talbot

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested and charged with torturing animals after Otsego County sheriff’s deputies rescued his four emaciated pigs Monday from an un-insulated shed on Fisk Road in Laurens.

Jared J. Talbot, 21, was arrested today following a civilian complaint that led deputies to his property, where four pigs were found living without food or water and in an improper shelter.

The pigs were seized by the deputies and taken to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary, where they were examined by a veterinarian and housed for the night.  Three of the pigs were later released to a pig-rescue organization, and the fourth, an adult male, will be cared for by a local volunteer.

Talbot was charged with overriding, torturing or injuring animals and failing to provide sustenance. He was released on an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Laurens Court on a later date.

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