An urgent rescue of several dozen farm animals found to be living in poor conditions was being conducted near Owego.

According to the Tioga County Sheriff's Office, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was called in to assist with the operation.

Sheriff's office units and ASPCA vehicles were at 240 Glenmary Drive in the town of Tioga Thursday afternoon for the massive rescue operation.

Authorities said investigators discovered more than 100 animals at what was described as a horse farm. Some of the animals showed signs of neglect.

The sheriff's office said cows, goats and horses, including some young calves, were being removed from the property.

The animals were found to have limited access to food, water and medical care. Some appeared to be underweight and were living in "filthy" conditions. One calf required urgent care.

The sheriff's office reported that some dead animals also were discovered on the property.

The ASPCA was helping authorities with operational planning, animal removal and transport. The agency also was aiding investigators in "evidence collection and crime scene processing."

The Susquehanna SPCA and the Massachusetts SPCA are assisting by providing transportation and care for the rescued animals.

Tioga County records show the horse farm property was acquired by Adam Michael Romanik for $390,000 last April.

The Tioga County Sheriff's Office did not indicate how its investigators learned of the situation on the property.

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