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Sherburne man faces 110 counts of animal cruelty

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Sherburne man faces 110 counts of cruelty to animals after authorities found weak and dead cows at a farm, New York State Police said.

Michael S. Thomsen, 48, of Casey Cheese Factory Road in Sherburne, is charged with 110 counts of cruelty to animals under the Agriculture and Markets Law of New York.

According to officials, authorities were investigating reports of weak and dead cows at a farm on Casey Cheese Factory Road in the Town of Columbus. Upon arriving at the farm, troopers say they saw several cows that were weak and extremely malnourished. Two cows were unable to stand and two dead cows were found in a barn, authorities say.

Officials also say the cows had no water because the waterlines were frozen and the animals had not been fed for an unknown period of time. Thomsen did not have help to properly care for the animals, and family members had arrived to assist him when troopers came to the farm.

After an examination by a veterinarian, the cows were determined to have dehydration, emaciation and respiratory infections.

Thomsen was send to Chenango County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. Family members agreed to assist in taking care of the cows. The Chenango County District Attorney's Office is also looking into a process to remove the cows.

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