OWEGO, N.Y. (WENY)-- The Tioga County Sheriff's office arrived at a home on Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin for an order through their civil department to remove the storage shed there. However, to their surprise, they found the unexpected. A total of forty-nine animals suffering from cruelty.

They were visibly neglected and malnutrition. These animals faced extreme neglect law enforcement tells us. 

"There was fecal matter present throughout where the animals were standing specifically the horse, Timothy Schmidt, Investigator with the Tioga County Sheriff's office said.

There were thirty-three dogs, fifteen chickens, roosters, hens, a miniature pony, and more.

"There was inadequate access to water, there were buckets and things around but they were either empty or undrinkable types of water with different types of mold or fungus," Schmidt said.

Deputies arrested and charged Terry Woloszyn with thirty-three counts, violation level harboring an unlicensed dog, forty-nine counts of misdemeanor-level cruelty to animals failure to provide sustenance. 

Schmidt explains the living conditions for these animals were not only unhealthy but heartbreaking.  Many have infections and are being treated at area animal hospitals including, Angel Eyes Animal Rescue and Wildlife Rehabilitation, Willow's Wings Animal Sanctuary Inc. Tioga County Emergency Services, Spencer Animal Hospital, and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

They've been given various rabies shots, been cleaned up, been treated for various skin aliments ear mites different infections," Schmidt said.

Sheriff Gary Howard is asking if anyone is interested, they are accepting donations to help pay for medical expenses.

"We're asking for anybody who wants to donate to send a check right to the Tioga County Sheriff's Office. Make it out to the Tioga County Sheriff and in the memo place animals that were rescued from Apalachin," Gary Howard, Sheriff for Tioga County said.

Investigator Schmidt says it was a team effort rescuing these animals. Deputy Brenda Yaeger, Deputy Shawn Kemmery, Denise Liske Tioga Co. Dog Control, Kyle Fleming Town of Owego Dog Warden were all part of this operation.

Sheriff Howard added, Terry Woloszyn did not go to jail but was issued appearance tickets to return to the town of Owego court. He says he's been getting a ton of requests to adopt these pooches.

It's a waiting game right now they have to wait and see what the court says and that could be a while.