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Victor couple face animal cruelty charges

A Victor couple have been charged with cruelty to an animal, a misdemeanor, after several malnourished animals were found at a Whistle Stop Road property, according to the Ontario County Humane Society.

The Humane Society executed a search warrant at 212 Whistle Stop Road at about 9:40 a.m. Friday, after receiving several complaints of malnourished animals, according to a release from the Humane Society. They found three horses, underweight and malnourished, in an inadequate pen without any food and water, according to the release, which notes they also found 17 chickens, two domestic rabbits, a Chihuahua mix and a Koi fish, all with little or no food or water. The creates were confiscated, and are being treated and cared for at the Humane Society.

Matthew S. Vargulick, 41, and Rachel A. Lopiccolo, 36, both of 212 Whistle Stop Road, were charged with cruelty to an animal and taken to the Ontario County Jail for pre-detention arraignment.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and Child Protective Services assisted in this investigation.

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