Animals recovering after alleged abuse at farm

Hundreds of allegedly underfed and abused animals are recovering after being taken from an Orange County farm this weekend. Authorities seized nearly 200 animals Saturday

The animals were starving, some had diseases and some were lying dead outside.

The animals were starving, some had diseases and some were lying dead outside. (10/12/15)

HAMPTONBURGH - Hundreds of allegedly underfed and abused animals are recovering after being taken from an Orange County farm this weekend.

Authorities seized nearly 200 animals Saturday from a farm in Hamptonburgh, where bloodied chainsaws and animal parts were found in a barn.

The animals were starving, some had diseases and some were lying dead outside.

The owner of the farm, Emilaino Zapata, was charged with neglect and improper disposal of animals. His daughter, Wendy Zapata, says the accusations are simply untrue.

Wendy Zapata says her parents, who own a nearby bakery and grocery store, sell live animals for profit, and they only recently slaughtered one cow to feed themselves. She insists that the animals were well taken care of and fed four times a day.

Authorities say the rescued animals are being cared for at shelters throughout the tri-state area.

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