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Farmington man charged with animal cruelty after two horses found dead

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A Farmington man is in custody after four horses were found in poor conditions and two others dead at a property in Ontario County.

Edward C. Perdue, 68, has been charged with animal cruelty after Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies discovered malnourished horses on his property. The deputies found four live horses in a barn filled with manure, lacking food and water, and two deceased horses in poor conditions.


The horses were standing in stalls with 24-30 inches of manure, and the barn had no water or electricity. The live horses have been seized and are now being cared for at a local livestock facility. The remains of the deceased horses were sent to the Cornell Animal Diagnostic Lab for necropsies.

Perdue faces multiple misdemeanor charges for animal cruelty and failure to provide food and water. He was given an appearance ticket for Farmington Town Court, with further charges possible as the investigation continues.