Spring Mills man facing charges after cows were reported dead amid ‘deplorable’ conditions

A Spring Mills man is facing more than a dozen criminal charges after three cows were reported dead on his farm.

Police reported receiving complaints in December about dead cows on Joseph Fahy’s farm along state Route 45 near Firehall Road. When a trooper arrived, she saw two dead in the pasture, no hay and a large patch of frozen water, according to the criminal complaint filed by state police at Rockview.

Police described the conditions as “deplorable.”

After a search warrant was obtained, the trooper found “numerous” skeletons that appeared to be goats and two pigs that had no access to food, police said.

“While I attempted to walk in the pasture area with the deceased cows, I began to sink past my knees,” the trooper wrote in the complaint. “The area could not be walked in without sinking.”

Fahy, 64, told police that a third cow died after sinking into the mud, according to the complaint. Fahy also told the trooper he “could barely get his tractor in to feed” and did not realize the conditions were so poor, police said.

“The poor living conditions put the animals at risk and caused the death of three animals,” the trooper wrote. “The animals could not move freely in the pasture. The shelters were unlivable.”

Fahy was charged with 12 misdemeanor counts of animal neglect and three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

He was arraigned Friday by District Judge Thomas Jordan, who released him pending his appearance at a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 3.

Fahy’s attorney, Terrence McGowan, did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.