Plea Deal Entered in Pennsylvania Cruelty Case

A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to 13 animal cruelty counts and relinquished ownership of his animals under a plea bargain entered in Northampton County District court on June 4.

Joseph Mayer was originally charged with 38 counts of animal cruelty for failing to provide adequate food, water, and veterinary care for nine ponies, two horses, a donkey, and a mule found residing at his Easton, Pa., farm late last year.

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) removed the animals Dec. 13 (read more). They have since been in foster care.

Mayer relinquished the animals to the PSPCA under the deal, and is prohibited from owning any animals other than his dog for three years. He also agreed to pay fines and court costs, said Mayer's attorney Scott Wilhelm.

The agency dropped 25 of the original counts in exchange for the plea, but continues to seek $105,000 restitution to cover the costs of the animals' care.

A restitution hearing is pending.

Meanwhile, PSPCA Public Relations Specialist Kimberly Wolf said the animals are doing well and will be available for adoption in the near future.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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