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Animal cruelty charges at Santa's Land

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A man cited in an animal cruelty case at Santa's Land is defending himself on Facebook.

On Saturday The Windham County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at Santa's Land in Putney.  They found 16 dead deer, but it's unclear how or why they died.  Another 17 deer were found alive and well on the property -- where they remain.  

Santa's Land owner, 55-year-old Lillian Billewicz, along with a caretaker -- 24-year-old Brian Deistler, were cited for cruelty to animals. Deistler posted on Facebook that the animals are well cared for and the deer did not die from neglect. Both he and Billewicz said in a statement to WCAX-TV that they are confident the truth will prevail.

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