KINGSBURY — The owner of a Route 4 tile and stone business faces 42 criminal charges related to the neglect of dozens of animals on his property, 35 of which died from starvation and lack of water last month, police said.

Jeffrey T. Owens Sr., 38, of Moreau, was charged with five felony counts of tampering with physical evidence and 37 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after an investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said five cows, a goat, two alpaca, seven chickens, 10 turkeys and numerous rabbits were found dead. They were in and around a barn at the back of the 4202 Route 4 property, with buildings for the stone business at the front of the property.

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Sheriff’s Investigator Paul Trott

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