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Massena man charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty

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MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Patrick O’Neill, 65, of Massena with for 22 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty following a two-day investigation.

The charges are a result from an investigation at O’Neill’s residence and the execution of a search warrant.

It was determined 22 horses were not properly cared for, and one horse was removed from the scene. The New York State Police were assisted on scene by the Masseria Humane Society representatives. All the animals were examined by a local veterinarian. The investigation is ongoing.

O’Nei1l was arraigned in the town of Massena court and was released on his own recognizance to appear at a later date.

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