HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP/WTXF) -- The discovery of numerous dead and live animals covered in feces at a New Jersey farm has spurred authorities to file animal cruelty charges against the Pennsylvania man who owns the property.
Members of Mercer County's newly formed Humane Law Enforcement Unit began investigating conditions at the 14-acre Hamilton Township site on Uncle Pete's Road after receiving numerous complaints from residents.
Investigators executed a search warrant there on Aug. 21. They found 38 runner ducks in one duck coop, two of which were deceased. The ducks were "completed covered in approximately six inches of feces," per the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.
Twelve chickens were also found inside the abandoned house, five of which were deceased. Another died while officials were securing the property.
In the chicken coop, detectives located approximately 54 chickens, one of which was deceased. All appeared to be infected with disease.
The charges against the farm's owner, 54-year-old Henry Guzikowski Jr. of Yardley, were announced Monday. It wasn't known if he's retained an attorney.
Nine pigs were found covered in feces in a garage on the property, and a 500-pound hog was found roaming in a nearby neighborhood.
Officials are hoping residents will be able to take in the rescued animals. Anyone interested in fostering or adopting should contact Sgt. Eric Hastings of the prosecutor's Humane Law Enforcement Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 989-6063.