- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HAMPTONBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - More than 170 sickly animals have been seized from an upstate New York farm and the owner faces charges of neglect and improper disposal of dead animals.

Eugene Hecht of the Hudson Valley SPCA says four animal sanctuaries took in many animals, while the sickest were taken to Cornell University’s veterinary hospital in Ithaca.

The animals, including goats, sheep, cattle, chickens and pigs, were seized from the farm of 47-year-old Emiliano Zapata in the Orange County town of Hamptonburgh.

Zapata was charged with neglect and improper disposal, after officers found about 20 dead animals rotting in the fields.

There was no answer at a phone listed in Zapata’s name.

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