Owner of Putnam County farm where animals seized denies wrongdoing

Andrew Santee speaks out Wednesday after animals were seized at a Putnam County farm. He denies any wrongdoing and said he was cooperating with authorities. (WCHS/WVAH)

The owner of the 106 animals seized in what appears to be Putnam County's biggest animal neglect case investigation spoke out to Eyewitness News.

On Wednesday, Andrew Santee of A&A Farms denied any wrongdoing, but humane officers said charges are expected Thursday for at least some of the pets and farm animals seized.

Santee was cooperating with animal control Wednesday and helping round up birds and other animals that were not taken in the initial raid on the farm near Confidence along West Virginia 34.

Authorities became concerned after getting reports of an emaciated horse nearly being killed by a car and the lack of treatment for a dog with a serious medical problem. He denied those allegations.

Animal control officers said there will not be charges involving all of the horses, dogs, rabbits, turkeys, chickens and a goat seized, but there were problems with several animals.

The search also found dead rabbits and a dead chicken.

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