Sickly Animals Found in Leased Space at NJ Farm
WASHINGTON (Warren) — A woman was charged with three counts of animal cruelty after several sickly animals were found on a farm where she was leasing space.
Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer said the charges against Andrea DeCarlo, 33, came after the Department of Agriculture made several visits to the property on Montana Road on a complaint about an underweight horse.
Inspectors said the horse was being kept in an inadequate shelter and eating urine-soaked hay.
They also found several malnourished sheep exposed to an area with broken glass and sharp nails. A ram with an injured leg, missing hair, and poor health was also discovered during the inspection.
The inspectors gave DeCarlo written recommendations on how the situation could be fixed but after three visits the situation remained the same, officials said.
She was charged on April 28 with three counts of fourth-degree animal cruelty for failing to provide necessary care for a horse, a sheep, and a ram.
Pfeiffer told Townsquare Media that the animals are still on the property but being cared for by another agency.