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Well-Being of Horses, Buffalo on Litchfield Farm Questioned

Several people are telling Eyewitness News that around thirty animals are being neglected at what appears to be an abandoned farm in Litchfield -- just outside of Sauquoit
Several people are telling Eyewitness News that around thirty animals are being neglected at what appears to be an abandoned farm in Litchfield -- just outside of Sauquoit.
Stan Blazek loves horses and taking photos of them, but the ones he discovered yesterday in Litchfield, alarmed him.
"When I got there and saw the horses when they came by the fence I was really shocked I mean they looked like they haven't been fed for days and days," he said.
On Rider Road sits a pasture filled with horses and another just behind it holding buffalo. Neighbors say the owner of these animals recently moved and sold the land around the animals to another dairy farm. Eyewitness news reached out to these owners but didn't receive a response.
"The person that bought the land around here, adjoining land that he uses for his crops told me, "they're not my animals," he said but he mentioned something about, "you're a year too late,'" said Blazek.
Today he visited the farm again to toss the horses a few apples. He was joined by others who were also worried about the animals' well-being.
"They have no access for water, they have a mud hole over there but that's just about it no warmth, it's starting to frost out at night and these guys have no way to get out of the wind at all," said Krista Caiola. 
"We went up in the barn and there's not any hay from this season at all so there's been no feed here for the summer I guess, I don't even know how they'd survive," said Barb DiGeorgio of Mohawk. 
She says the horses have bite marks from fighting with each other over what little food they can get to
They're going to die they're all going to die, the little ones especially, the little ones already look sick," said DiGeorgio.
"Cruelty, animal cruelty at its worst, this is just uncalled for," said Caiola.
Later in the day, a Herkimer County Humane investigator, Kelly Bunce, visited the animals and spoke to the owners who say they feed the animals in the morning and are in the process of moving them to another location. As for the health of the animals, Bunce says there's no reason for concern yet, but she will continue to monitor them every day.
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