LAURELVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have charged an Amish farmer in Ohio with animal cruelty after seizing 52 dogs from his central Ohio property in October.
NBC4 reports that 23 counts were entered against Jonas Beachy on Friday. Pickaway County Sheriff's deputies and the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized the dogs from Beachy's Laurelville farm Oct. 1.
OSPCA Executive Director Teresa Landon said authorities found "horrendous conditions," including matted, sometimes injured animals living in feces a foot deep.
Beachy said he cares for his animals properly and has followed all laws. He said his dogs were taken because of cultural differences. His initial court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 27.
A neighbor who has known Beachy for 20 years said he believes the man is being treated unfairly.
Information from: WCMH-TV, http://www.nbc4i.com