Man charged with animal cruelty after 143 alpacas found dead


MARATHON, N.Y. >> Authorities say a man has been charged with animal cruelty after an investigation uncovered more than 140 alpacas had died on a central New York farm over several months.

Dayton Wood was arrested on Friday and is charged with 143 counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, and failure to provide proper sustenance.

Wood had been a paid care taker for the animals at the farm in Marathon, 40 miles south of Syracuse.

The Cortland Community SPCA says investigators had been tipped off that there were dead alpacas at the farm.

Authorities didn't say how the animals died.

Wood has been released on his own recognizance and is due in court next week. It wasn't immediately known if Wood has an attorney who could comment on the charges.


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