EDMESTON, NY-- A local farmer is facing animal abuse charges after 27 cows were found dead inside a barn along Route 20 in Edmeston.
According to state police, troopers received a call on Sunday around 1 p.m. to check on the welfare of the cows at a barn on Route 20.
"They went inside the dairy farm and they located immediately 27 deceased cows, which were also in several inches of manure," said Aga Dembinska, public information officer for New State Police Troop C.
Police said 45-year-old James Mumbulo, of Edmeston had been renting the property. Mumbulo has been charged with 27 counts of torturing and injuring animals. Police said there was no water or food in the barn.
"The veterinarian looked at the animals and determined that they had been deceased for good amount of time," Dembinska said. "They could not even determine the cause of death."
The owner of the property did not want speak on camera, but he said he reported it to police because he had seen the cows at the barn in months.
Mumbulo has been released on an appearance ticket. He is schedule to appear in court next month.