State police have charged an Edmeston man in the deaths of 27 dairy cows.
James Mumbulo, 45, was arrested after the carcasses were found in several inches of manure on Route 20.
Troopers say they received a welfare check on the rented dairy farm, and discovered no food or water for the animals when they arrived.
Mumbulo is facing 27 counts of over-driving, torturing, and injuring animals.
He was released on appearance tickets and is due back in court on November 19.