CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) - Deputies from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's have now arrested and charged Gerald Nason Junior of violating Agriculture and Market Laws.
He's accused of cruelty to animals after he neglected to care for 72 pigs on his Folts Road property.
Based on an investigation by the SPCA and the Sheriff's Office, Nason is accused mof failing to provide sufficient food, an abundant source of clean water and sufficient space in shelter for the pigs.
The animals were being held in "pitch-black and windowless barns...nearly drowning in filth," according to Farm Sanctuary.
Twenty-four of the animals, considered the most sick, were removed immediately. The remaining pigs are still at the property, according to Farm Sanctuary, and the group is working with the SPCA to find nearby farms and homes to provide shelter for the animals.
The pigs were being held at an unidentified property in the Town of Ashford.