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Pigs seized from Otsego County farm after two others found dead

An animal cruelty investigation is ongoing.

Posted: May 16, 2019 12:16 PM
Updated: May 16, 2019 10:24 PM

Two pigs fighting to stay alive, and two dead pigs were found on a farm in Otsego County.

It was a scene graphic enough to deploy the newly formed animal cruelty task force to Pittsfield.

The executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA was on NewsTalk Monday night, and on her way home – she got a call to meet deputies at a barn on County Highway 18.

The two surviving pigs are at the shelter, in Cooperstown. They're small – just four or five months old.

Shelter officials say they had no visible food or water.

The exectuive director at the Susquehanna SPCA, Stacie Haynes says she is used to taking care of cats and dogs, but pigs are a little different. She says right now since they're only about 40 pounds each, they can fit in a dog kennel, but it wont be like that for long.

"My team and I went out with the deputies and we brought the pigs back to the shelter for a temporary hold until the case is resolved," Haynes said. "The best case senario at this point is that the owners surrender them to us and we can send them to a farm santuary but that has not happened yet which is very unfortunate."

Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin says he expects there will be charges filed against the owner, but animal abuse cases can be tricky.  He says because this case falls under the Agriculture and Markets Law, there are low penatlies for animal cruelty cases because animals are currently viewed as property under state law.

"The animal cruelty sections of the Agriculture and Markets Law don’t really have a lot of teeth to them it’s something that animal activists and law-enforcement have called for some review of those laws maybe revamping them but I know in our county animal cruelty charges they don’t seem to get a lot out of it," Devlin said.

The sheriff's department is working with the Otsego County Animal Cruetly Task Force on this case.

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