Update in the Owego farm animal cruelty investigation

OWEGO, NY – (WIVT/WBGH) The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office has released more details regarding the investigation and search of an Owego farm for signs of animal cruelty.

On Thursday, January 18, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office and the ASPCA’s animal cruelty investigation team seized cows, horses, and goats due to a significant amount of them showing various stages of neglect.

The reported numbers on the animals seized from 240 Glenmary Drive in Tioga and taken elsewhere for proper care and treatment include 100 cows, 17 goats and five horses. On top of that, two deceased goats that had also shown signs of neglect were found on the farm.

Following the investigation, Adam Romanik, 44, and Patrick Champaign, 44, were charged with the following:

· 5 counts of Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring Animals

· Failure to provide proper sustenance, in violation of section 353 of the NYS Agricultural and Markets Law

· 22 counts of failure to provide proper food and drink to impounded animal, in violation of section 356 of the NYS Agricultural and Markets Law

The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the situation and mentioned that additional charges may come down the line.

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