Farmer Guilty on 5 Counts of Animal Cruelty, gets Probation

July 23, 2015 09:22 AM
Farmer Guilty on 5 Counts of Animal Cruelty, gets Probation

A western Maryland farmer has been convicted of five counts of animal cruelty after animal control officers seized scores of cattle, goats and sheep from the farm near Boonsboro.

Sixty-one-year-old Daniel Rohrer was sentenced to a $500 fine and three years of unsupervised probation Wednesday in Hagerstown.

Prosecutors say Rohrer didn't properly feed and care for the animals. Five sheep died after they were removed from the farm.

Rohrer told The Hagerstown Herald-Mail after sentencing that the trial had ruined him financially.

Rohrer says the allegations reflected a dispute over legal farming practices. He acknowledged leaving dead sheep to decompose in a barn with live animals. But his lawyer says there's no law against that

District Judge Terry Myers previously acquitted Rohrer on six counts. Prosecutors dropped nearly 300 more.

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Penelope Rose
Nashville, TN
7/28/2015 10:18 AM

  Did you know that animal cruelty is not a punishable crime by law? This poor animal may never see justice. This poor animal will never again be the same. The person who imposed this abuse may never be charged and may walk free to do it again and again. Susie's Hope is a non-profit whose mission is to change this--to effect animal cruelty as a punishable law in all states. Please, please visit to help us stop these inhumane acts of cruelty! Help Susie's Hope to be the voice for our beloved furry friends who cannot speak.


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