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Farmer Charged With Starving Herd

March 10, 1999

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) _ A farmer who apparently was overwhelmed by financial problems is charged with neglecting his cows, leading to the deaths of 47 of them.

John D. Garvin, 31, of Rutland, was arrested Sunday, one day after state police discovered the animals had died, apparently from starvation. Another 33 in poor condition were turned over to another dairy farmer for care, state police said.

Garvin is charged with 80 counts of torturing, injuring or overdriving animals, a misdemeanor.

Trooper John Poggi said state police found ``an awful scene″ at Garvin’s farm 75 miles north of Syracuse.

Some dead cows had half-born calves, and many of the dead animals _ as well as a couple of live ones _ were frozen into two or three feet of manure that covered the barn floor.

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