Cops: Madison County farm in ‘deplorable conditions,' couple charged

STOCKBRIDGE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Madison County couple is facing animal cruelty and child endangerment charges after investigators discovered their farm and their home in “deplorable conditions.”

The Sheriff’s Office and the United State Department of Agriculture began investigating the farm on Trew Hill Road in the town of Stockbridge when approximately 68 cows had died between Feb. 2016 and March 2017.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and a number of state agencies discovered four dead cows in two separate barns, while four horse were located “in distress” in a separate barn.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the horses are receiving care, and they are expected to survive.

Caleb Cottrell was charged with eight counts of overdriving, torturing, and injuring animals – all misdemeanors.

Cottrell and his wife, Tiffany, were also charged with endangering the welfare of a child because of the state of the home.

They were both issued appearance tickets directing them to appear at the Stockbridge Town Court on May 11, 2017 to answer the charges.


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