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Couple to be arraigned on animal cruelty charges

FARMERSVILLE – Lawyers for the Farmersville couple charged with animal cruelty at their Painted Meadows Farm said they are looking forward to telling their clients’ side of the story.

Donald and Bonnie George face two dozen charges, and a judge ordered the seizure of more than 600 animals at their farm. The animals, mostly fowl, but also horses, goats, sheep and several beef cattle, remain at the farm under the care of the Cattaraugus County SPCA.

“We understand why people are upset, but obviously there are two sides to every story,” said Daniel M. Killelea, an attorney for the couple. “I don’t think this is as cut and dried as most people think.”

The case came to light after a highworker noticed a draft horse lying in a field, covered with a blanket last month. The horse was euthanized.

The Georges were charged with 24 misdemeanor counts of “failure to provide sustenance” under the state Agriculture and Markets Law.

“We look forward to telling our clients’ side of the story in the coming weeks,” said attorney John J. Gilmour.

Volunteers have been showing up at the farm on weekends to help clean out manure from stalls and cages holding smaller animals.

The Georges are to be arraigned in Town Court Tuesday at 7 p.m.