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Farm Owner Found Guilty Of Animal Cruelty

LIGONIER (KDKA) --Daniel Weimer faced a summery trial of three counts of neglect and cruelty to animals on Thursday.

During the case and proceedings Weimer claimed this was all part of a vast conspiracy to run farmers out of the Ligonier Valley.

With a half bag of cattle feed in hand, Daniel Weimer stormed out of Distict Justice Denise Theil's office a very angry man.

"There's no point in this, all you are doing is harassing me," he said. "You, those people and everybody, harassment."

Weimer was found guilty on three counts of animal cruelty.

"They are lying. They're a bunch of thieves," he said. "They're stealing animals, farm animals."

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Animal humane officers raided the Owl Hollow Road farm Weimer operated. The scene still fresh in human officer Jan Dillon's mind.

"The amount of dead animals there. Bones, recently dead, it's been going on a long time," she said.

Prosecution submitted pictures of animals eating other dead creatures to survive.

"What's a fish do? Eats another fish. So a pig can eat another animal," he said.

Guilty on all counts, Weimer faces fines and fees -- $300 per animal in fines the restitution is around $300.

"Ligonier Township hates farmers, they don't want no farmers in the valley," he insisted.

Weimer said he's suing the Humane Society of Westmoreland County and Ligonier Township.

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