Ohio Man Sought After Neglected Cows Discovered

COLD SPRING — An arrest warrant for animal cruelty has been issued for an Ohio man after 11 cows were found to be neglected and abandoned at a property in Cattaraugus County.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office said it is looking for 42-year-old Charles Brickman of Willoughby, Ohio, for allegedly violating agriculture and market laws. Deputies said Brickman failed to take care of 11 cows on his Labanon Road property in the town of Cold Spring.

Brickman reportedly failed to provide proper food, water and shelter for the cows before leaving the area without a plan to take care of the animals. The Sheriff’s Office said it has been investigating the animal cruelty case for several months after deputies and troopers with the New York State Police received “many complaints from residents in the area.”

“These complaints included the abandonment and reports of cows wandering from their farm as the fencing was not sufficient to hold the cows in their pasture,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

The SPCA assisted deputies with removing the cows from the property to another farm on Dec. 30.

Anyone with information regarding Brickman’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 938-2217.