17 July 2019
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Philip T. Rougeux
Troop D Commander
State Police arrested Robert F. Sweet, age 53 from 176 Mill Lane in Fort Plain, NY for (7) counts of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law § 353 - Overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance, a class “A” misdemeanor.
On July 16, 2019, Troopers responded to 622 Wagner Hill Road in the town of Stark for a reported animal cruelty complaint. When Troopers arrived, they located nearly 30 piglets without food and no potable drinking water. Four piglets were also found deceased inside the pen with flies covering the bodies.
The Humane Society in Herkimer County responded and placed the living piglets in a temporary home until the outcome of the investigation.
Sweet was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the town of Stark Court on August 9, 2019 at 7 p.m.