Authorities say a Delaware County man faces felony charges for allegedly killing a cow.

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NEVIN CUTTING [New York State Police photo][/caption]

According to state police, 22-year-old Nevin Cutting of Sidney was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and second-degree criminal mischief. He also was charged with illegally discharging a firearm, a misdemeanor.

Investigators say Cutting was arrested on Tuesday. They say police received a report of a dead cow on September 19. The animal carcass was discovered on Pine Hill State Land in the Town of Sidney.

Police say the investigation determined that Cutting had shot and killed the cow, which was from a farm on Pine Hill Road. Officials say he did not own the animal and did not have permission to shoot it.

After killing the cow, Cutting allegedly dragged the carcass to the nearby state land where he left it on the ground. The cow was valued at about $2,000.

Cutting was arraigned in Masonville town court and sent to Delaware County Jail on $1,500 bail. He was ordered to appear in Sidney town court on October 11.

Police say more charges are expected to be filed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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