Mass animal dumping investigation in Hartford begins

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HARTFORD, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Hartford Town Council will vote whether to pursue charges against two men who were allegedly running an illegal business where they were supposed to be burying farm and companion animals.

Mary Rahl was connected through her veterinarian to one of the men, Larry Burch, to bury the body of her horse Sadie late last summer. Rahl is left questioning if her horse received a proper burial following this week’s findings of piles of animal carcasses on Burch’s associate’s farm, Charlie Potter.

“He says, ‘Don’t worry.’ He said, you know, ‘I have a 100 –acre farm and I burry them there,’” Rahl said. “I would like to think she was buried, but my common sense says probably not.”

Town Supervisor Dana Haff said Burch and property owner Charlie Potter violated several town ordinances.

“A farmer is allowed to dispose of his own carcasses if he does it properly. But these carcasses were not a part of his farm,” Haff said.

Haff said this is a public safety matter. The Department of Environmental Conservation is also investigating the matter. The department said they have no comment at this time.

“Forty thousand pounds of rotting flesh in one focused area. You can’t go and dump expired penicillin and antibiotics and chemicals on the ground. They’re inside these carcasses,” Haff said.

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