Man charged with animal cruelty; filthy conditions and dead animals found at his Mansfield Township farm
MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A 55-year-old Mansfield Township man is facing several animal cruelty charges after authorities found filthy conditions and dead animals at his farm in Mansfield Township.
The man, whose name was not released, was charged on Jan. 26 with two counts of third-degree animal cruelty and and two counts of fourth-degree animal cruelty. The charges stemmed from and investigation involving the Mansfield Township Police Humane Law Enforcement Officer and the NJ Department of Agriculture, police said.
Some of the violations are as follows, Heifers and calves with no access to pasture, injured cow and bull not receiving treatment for injuries due to poor living conditions, poor body conditions of over 30 cows and one calf, metal objects where cows walk, water covering entire barn floor where animals are kept, barbed wire fencing on ground where animals walk, dead calf among living animals, dead chickens among live chickens, pigs with no access to water, and cows with access to only filthy water and no food.
The man was advised to correct the violations and a later inspection showed that conditions only worsened, police said.
He was released pending a court appearance.