ASHFORD, N.Y. — A Cattaraugus County man faces multiple animal cruelty charges for the alleged inappropriate care of dozens of pigs on his property.

Gerald Nason, Jr., 56, faces eight misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty following an investigation that began in early January.

The sheriff's office said Nason neglected to care for 72 pigs on his property on Folts Road and a neighboring property.

The sheriff's office and the SPCA, who worked together on the investigation, said Nason didn't provide sufficient food, an abundant source of clean water, or sufficient space in a shelter.

Nason is also accused of not seeking property medical treatment for most of the pigs.

Deputies and the SPCA seized the pigs and sent them for medical treatment. Farm Sanctuary, an animal protection organization in Watkins Glen, took the animals in the worst condition to Cornell University to be treated. The rest will go to local rescue farms.

Complaints from residents lead to the investigation.