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State police find four deceased horses on Massena property

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MASSENA— A Massena man was arrested Thursday afternoon when state police discovered the remains of four horses, one a rotting corpse.

State policecharged Patrick J. O’Neill, 65, Massena, with 22 counts of animal cruelty after a two-day investigation at 326 Haverstock Road.

No cause of death was listed for any of the horses; however it was suspected one had been dead for at least two weeks. More than 20 other horses were removed from the scene.

Police were assisted by the Massena Humane Society and all animals were examined by veterinarian Joel Nezenon.

O’Neill was arraigned in Massena Town Court and later released on his own recognizance to appear at a later date.

The investigation is ongoing, troopers said.

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