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A farmer was charged Tuesday with animal cruelty after several animals, including a horse with exposed ribs, were removed from his property, state police said.

Troopers searched the Spoden Road property of Robert Mangus after Pomfret Town Justice David Prince issued a warrant in response to a complaint from the Lakeshore Humane Society. Assisting troopers were members of the Lakeshore and Chautauqua County humane societies.

It was found that all of the animals on the property didn't have food or water and were living in deplorable conditions, police said. Removed were six horses, four goats, four dogs and three cats, all of which were taken in by the humane societies.

Mangus was charged with cruelty to animals, a violation of the Agriculture and Markets Law, and was issued an appearance ticket returnable Oct. 5 in Pomfret Town Court.

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