A Ronks, Pennsylvania, farmer left his critically injured sheep in a field to die after it was hit by a motorcycle. The motorcycle collided with the large ram, paralyzing it and causing other severe injuries.
Emmanuel Beiler, owner of the ram, did not seek medical help or put the sheep down at the time of the injuries. Instead, he dragged it and discarded it in a field.
The injured sheep’s plight and location in the field was reported to the Humane Society by a concerned passerby.
Keith Mohler, Humane Society officer of the SPCA, responded to the complaint and found the sheep in the field near the accident scene that had occurred in the 2700 block of Lincoln Highway East. Mohler learned that the animal had been involved in the motorcycle accident more than 24 hours before and had been suffering in the field since then. When he confronted Beiler with the facts, the sheep’s owner said someone was supposed to pick up the animal and butcher it.
The sheep was still alive and in pain. I had to put it down.
It was then that Mohler filed the count of cruelty to animals. The owner had failed to provide proper veterinarian care or appropriately euthanize the badly injured sheep.
This past week, Beiler pleaded guilty to one count of cruelty to animals. He paid the modest fine of $240.50 in District Judge Denise Commins' office.
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