Humane officers from the Adams County SPCA have filed 22 counts of animal cruelty charges against the caretaker of 21 horses seized from a Littlestown area farm last month.
James Houseman, 44, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Houseman leased a property at 135 Fesser Road and was paid by owners to board the animals, according to investigators.
Authorities have said they found a dead horse crudely covered in hay and 21 seriously malnourished horses at the farm Nov. 16.
One of the horses later died from malnourishment and another was euthanized.