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Rochester man charged with 21 counts of animal cruelty

A Rochester man has been charged with 21 counts of animal cruelty.

Daniel Pacheco was arrested Tuesday while Rochester police were executing a search warrant at his property on Walnut Plain Road, police said in a statement.

Police said the search warrant was conducted following a state required animal and barn inspection by a Rochester Animal Control officer. The officer had discovered animals living in deplorable conditions on the farm, according to police.

When executing the warrant, investigators found that 23 animals lacked adequate food and shelter and were in pens filled with mud, feces, and garbage. Many of the animals, which included pigs, cows, goats, rabbits, and dogs, were sick, according to police. A baby cow was also found dead on the property.

“I could not believe the conditions I saw at this location, it was horrendous,” Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee said in a statement.

Daniel Pacheco booking photo from animal cruelty case along with photos of conditions from the scene.

Posted by Rochester Police on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Police said a veterinarian who was called to the scene determined all the animals were suffering from neglect and that some of the animals were near death.

Violations of health and building codes were also observed by officers on the scene, police said, and a Rochester conservation agent also responded to investigate potential wetland violations.

Pacheco agreed to surrender all his animals, police said. Each count of animal cruelty, which is a felony, carries a sentence of up to seven years in state prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Pacheco will be arraigned in Wareham District Court on Wednesday and also faces action by the town for health and building code violations.

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Attorney information for Pacheco was not immediately available.

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