TRENTON, N.Y. -- A horse is dead, and the owner is facing animal cruelty charges in Oneida County.
The sheriff's office says the horse was found dead on the side of the road in Trenton – on Korber Road, near Thompson Road.
The horse was found just before 10 a.m. Thursday.
Investigators with the sheriff's office say the horse died within minutes of being hit – allegedly beaten by its owner, 42-year-old Marvin Miller.
“This complaint was generated by a witness. They had seen a person abusing their horse. When I say abusing, I’m referring to it struck several times with a baseball bat to the neck area of the horse, the back of the neck,” said Deputy John Owens.
Miller was charged with violation of the Agriculture and Markets Law 353; overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, and failing to provide proper sustenance.
He was issued an appearance ticket.