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FORT PLAIN — The caretaker of a vacant farm in the town of Palatine has been arrested and charged with cruelty to animals and failure to provide proper sustenance after Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered several malnourished cows on a Fredericks Road property.

Chatragun Narine, 22, of 9224 214th Place, Queens Village, was arrested Tuesday after the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigated a possible animal abuse case the previous day. At the abandoned Fredericks Road farm where Narine acted as caretaker, deputies located two living cows which he’d allegedly failed to provide proper food and water for.

“The main goal was to get care for the two cattle there,” Sgt. Ray Waldynski, of the sheriff’s office, said.

He said the sheriff’s office and SPCA worked together to place the animals with a farmer up the road.

Several living goats and chickens were also relocated.

“They’re fine. They’ve been looked over. They’re getting proper food and water,” Waldynski said of the surviving animals.

Narine allegedly also failed to provide medical care to a cow that was later found deceased on the property, informing Waldynski the animal hadn’t been buried because the farm’s backhoe broke.

Waldynski said there were additional carcasses located on the property, explaining “there was some dead animals out there,” though he was unsure of how many.

Though Waldynski said he did witness carcasses, he didn’t see a vast amount.

“I think it’s being blown up to more than what it was,” he said. “From what I saw, there wasn’t many at all.”

The farm’s current owner was located in New York City and ordered to properly dispose of the carcasses (via burial) within 72 hours. If he fails to comply, he will be charged with a misdemeanor Ag and Markets Law for improperly disposing of animal carcasses. The 72 hours began on Tuesday.

The owner, who is scheduled to visit the property this week, will also be issued a misdemeanor cruelty to animals charge.

Waldynski said nobody has lived at the property, which is without power and running water, for some time.

Of Narine’s responsibilities in regards to the property, Waldynski said, “He was supposed to be taking care of the animals while the owner was in New York City, which he failed to do.

“He was supposed to come up once a week — which is still not enough — to take care of the animals and provide proper food and water, but it just wasn’t happening.”

Narine was arraigned in the Town of Palatine Court and remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $800 cash or $2,000 bond. Upon his arrival to court, Narine was also charged with the operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

No additional arrests are anticipated.