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Corsica Man To Be Sentenced Thursday in Animal Cruelty Case

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 @ 12:01 AM

Posted by Scott Shindledecker

starving horseBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Jefferson County man accused of numerous counts of animal cruelty pleaded guilty to four appealed counts on Monday.

Lenny Hughes, 44, of Corsica, was found guilty in November 2016 of four summary counts of cruelty to animals.

Hughes appealed the rulings, but then pleaded guilty to the four appealed counts, according to Jefferson County Animal Control officer Debbie McAndrew.

Hughes will be sentenced at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 12 in front of President Judge John Foradora.

“Please come and show Judge Foradora that we believe an animal deserves justice also,” said McAndrew. “Certain people will have a chance to speak at the sentencing, we must be the voice for these sweet souls who lost the fight.”

Hughes originally faced 14 charges of cruelty to animals after 13 starving horses were seized from his property in September 2016.

Willow Run Sanctuary & Adoptions in Jefferson County is caring for the horses and has put together an online fundraiser that is raising money for their care.

About Willow Run Sanctuary & Adoptions

WRSA is the only animal-related organization in the county that sponsors humane officer services, utilizing Pa. humane law to the fullest capacity to hold animal abusers accountable for cruel acts against animals.

WRSA is a 100 percent volunteer-based, not-for-profit animal welfare/animal rights organization, including the voluntary humane officer.  WRSA is certified in Pa. to operate as a non-profit organization as well as being federally recognized by the IRS as an active 501(c)(3).

WRSA is highly dependent and relies upon the support of the human population. WRSA receives no state or federal funding to operate.

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