FARMERSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — After a massive raid on a farm in Cattaraugus County, the local SPCA has been stuck with the bill and counting on volunteers, but help is on the way.
The Cattaraugus County Legislature voted 13 to two in favor of transferring $25,000 in funding to aid their response after they essentially took over operating a 600-animal farm.
Since learning of the horrendous conditions the animals were forced to live with, police and the SPCA in Cattaraugus County conducted a raid that has since led to 36 charges against the former owners of the farmland.
Officials had to seize the animals and care for them, many which needed medical attention. Veterinarians have been on the scene for countless hours, and bills have racked up in the form of shelter, food and more.
The former owners of the farm still owned the animals after selling the land to an Amish couple. When they appeared in court, they pleaded not guilty to all 36 charges of animal cruelty.
If they’re found guilty, the couple will not be able to own animals for 10 years in Cattaraugus County.