Cows suffering without water, food

By Candace Chapman

Cows suffering without water, food

January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM EDT

Sherburne, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York State Police charged a farmer with animal cruelty after two of his cows were found dead and others extremely malnourished.

On Jan. 5, troopers arrested Michael Thomsen, 48, of Sherburne and charged him with 110 counts of cruelty to animals.

At his farm on Casey Cheese Factory Road they found two cows dead in the barn and two others unable to stand. Several others cows were weak from malnourishment.

State Police said the waterlines were frozen and the cows had not been fed for a period of time.

A veterinarian from Leatherstocking Veterinary Services found the cows were suffering from emaciation, dehydration, and respiratory infection.

State Police said Thomsen did not have any help and was not able to properly care for the cows. However, family members had come to the farm to assist when troopers arrived.

The family members agreed to continue caring for the cows while the Chenango County District Attorney's Office looks into the process for removing them.

Thomsen was arraigned in the Town of Columbus Court with bail set at $5,000 cash.

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