GLENVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Glenville police say they have made an arrest after an extensive investigation into an animal cruelty case.
Police said some animals had frozen water, and they were out in the cold without food and shelter. A complaint was made concerning animals at the farm in February.
“We had a qualified, certified veterinarian come out with us to investigate with us,” Glenville Police Lt. Stephen Janik said.
“Once it was discovered that care had not been provided and they still had the same conditions, they were taken based on what the warrant allowed us to do,” Janik said.
On the West Wind Acres Farm website, a letter from Mandak Veterinary Services stated the opposite. A veterinarian stated that during her February visit, the animals had food, access to water and access to shelter or a wind break. Rockwood told NEWS10 ABC over the phone on Monday that his animals were always cared for, and the charges are false.
However, Peaceful Acres Horses owner Nanci Beyerl said one of the ponies seized needed veterinarian care and two other horses needed food and water.
“Her hooves are overgrown,” she said. “The veterinarian and the farrier are working with each other tomorrow to take x-rays and see if there is permanent damage.”
Lt. Janik also said some pigs on the farm suffered injuries from being outside without shelter.
Police said that during their second search warrant on Sunday, it appeared as though Rockwood was providing his other animals with food and water, but the investigation is ongoing. Police said it’s possible more animals could be seized and more charges could be filed.