Thursday, October 4, 2018



Sullivan County farm caretaker charged with animal cruelty


TOWN OF LIBERTY – The live-in caretaker of a farm at 30 Mineral Springs Road in White Sulphur Springs is charged with five counts of animal cruelty for failing to provide sustenance to animals.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after Liberty Town Supervisor Brian Rourke reported animals being neglected on that farm. An initial investigation found several goats and sheep that appeared to be emaciated.

The caretaker, Lenis Pagan, 29, was issued a notice to comply and instructed to feed the animals.

Some five days later, the sheriff’s office received information that the general welfare of the animals was still in decline. A return inspection to the farm with a search warrant found two bags of food on the back of a pickup truck, but it had not been given to the animals.

Pagan was charged under state Agriculture and Markets law and sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Deputies seized eight goats, six lambs and some 60 ducks and geese.  All were relocated to a farm in Jeffersonville pending the outcome of the criminal action.

The sheriff’s office was assisted in the investigation by the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation is continuing.

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