An almost incomprehensible case of abuse and cruelty was uncovered in 2011 when authorities found 48 dogs and 34 cats in a barn Lehman was leasing. The animals were discovered in severely neglected conditions, emaciated, infested with fleas, their bodies ridden with disease and covered in open wounds.
Lehman had kept animals with behavioral issues tethered without food and water, until they eventually died, and buried them behind the barn.
Out of the 82 animals found on the premises, 67 had to be humanely euthanized, due to their severe conditions.
"My office is grateful for the jury's verdict and sentence, which shows they place tremendous importance on the lives of those animals," Ellis County Assistant District Attorney Seth McCloskey said, upon hearing the verdict.