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Case ID: 18627
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: pig
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Thursday, Sep 22, 2011

County: Otoe

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: John Maahs

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

The Otoe County Sheriff's Office and Nebraska Humane Society conducted an investigation Friday morning at a Unadilla farm where hundreds of pigs were found dead in confinement buildings.

Sheriff's deputies discovered the dead animals Thursday night after responding to a complaint and described the scene as horrendous, with hundreds of animals in various stages of decomposition.

Preliminary reports from the humane society is that pigs died of starvation. A humane society veterinarian reported that the stomach contents of the animals revealed mostly mud and hair.

Deputies arrested John Maahs, 60, for suspicion of cruelty to animals.

Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the Humane Society, said the office is regularly called to assist with neglected livestock but this case ranks among the worst he has ever seen.

"It's very sad," he said.

Case Updates

The Unadilla man accused of letting nearly a thousand animals die on his pig farm made a deal with prosecutors.

As part of the deal, John Maahs pleaded no contest to one felony count of cruel neglect to farm animals. He was originally charged with 10 counts.

Maahs faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine when he's sentenced in May.

He was also ordered to reimburse Otoe County more than $56,000 to cover their costs in cleaning up his farm.

The County Attorney says deputies found as many as a thousand carcasses, mostly pigs, on his farm last September.
Source: - Apr 2, 2012
Update posted on Apr 2, 2012 - 4:53PM 


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