EAST HAMPTON, Conn. – A Connecticut couple have been charged with animal cruelty after authorities seized more than 130 animals from their property.
Police say 36-year-old Thomas Olajos and 37-year-old Melanie Olajos are charged with 35 counts of animal cruelty.
Officials seized 32 horses, 78 chickens, 19 rabbits and two dogs from Fairy Tail Equines in East Hampton last month. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture says the animals were malnourished and living in unhealthy conditions.
The couple were released on bond and are scheduled to appear March 15 in Middletown Superior Court. A voice message left at their residence wasn't immediately returned.
The couple breeds Friesian, Andalusian and Gypsy Vanner horses.