Man accused of killing 6 horses belonging to his neighbor

By WKTV News

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Chenango County man is accused of killing six horses that belonged to his neighbor. State Police arrested Lauren McMaster, 75.

State Police were investigating the death of six horses on the property adjacent to Hunts Pond Road and determined McMaster shot and killed the horses with a 12 gauge shotgun. McMaster is charged with 6 counts of Criminal Mischief in the second degree and 6 counts of cruelty to animals. McMaster was arraigned in the Town of Columbus Court and was taken to the Chenango County jail on $500 cash/$1000 bond.

State Police say the defendant filed a complaint just a week ago about the animals being on his property. The investigation is still ongoing with this case and more details will be made available later this week.

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