Noble County sheriff's deputies thought they'd lost 52-year-old Thomas Hovis Jr. until an officer spotted him in the tank beneath an outbuilding floor on the farm near Albion.
Chief Deputy Doug Harp says Hovis had been neck-deep in the combination of hog and dog feces for at least an hour Tuesday evening. He later became combative and had to be shocked twice with a stun gun.
Hovis was treated at a hospital for hypothermia before he being taken to jail.
A Steuben County magistrate on Wednesday ordered him held without bail because he missed court hearings in February and March.