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|Judge(s):|| Duane Cunningham| CONVICTED: Was justice served?
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Thursday, Dec 1, 2011County: Franklin
Defendant/Suspect: Lloyd Spoonhour
Lloyd Spoonhour, 61, also pleaded guilty to three counts of animal cruelty on Jan. 26. He had been charged with neglecting a host of animals on an Antrim Township farm he had been renting.
Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham ordered him to pay $600 in fines, plus court costs.
Hessler said he was called in late December after a prospective buyer visited the farm, which is for sale, at 657 Clay Hill Road. The person reported seeing animal carcasses on the ground and live animals that were not being properly cared for.
Hessler said he went there and found about 10 adult sheep and one lamb, a pot bellied pig and seven piglets, between 40 and 50 chickens, about eight adult rabbits and eight young rabbits, two cows and a white turkey.
He filed the citations Jan. 18, alleging that Spoonhour failed to provide the animals with sanitary conditions and proper access to drinking water. It was also alleged that Spoonhour committed cruelty by failing to trim the sheep.
Spoonhour has since removed all the animals from the property and sold them at a livestock auction, Hessler said.
During his investigation, Hessler found about a half dozen dead chickens in the barnyard, as well as the stomachs, intestines and hides of two cows that had apparently been slaughtered on site.
He notified Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture about the carcasses. He said Spoonhour was given 48 hours to clean up the mess and he complied.
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