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Goshen man again faces animal cruelty charges

GOSHEN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man, who was on probation for animal cruelty convictions, has pleaded not guilty to new charges of animal cruelty and failure to dispose of dead animals after cow carcasses and the bodies of four horses were found on his property.

Authorities also found starving horses, goats, sheep and a cow last week on the property in Goshen, 20 miles northeast of Cincinnati, the Wilmington News Journal ( ) reported. The starving animals were taken in by a concerned person who is caring for them, Clinton County Sheriff Ralph D. Fizer Jr. said.

Kenneth Huffaker, 56, who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges earlier this year, was arrested on new charges of animal cruelty and his supervised probation was revoked, authorities said.

Huffaker was released on bond, pending an Oct. 15 preliminary hearing. An attorney for him was not named in court records, and his home phone wasn't accepting messages Friday.

Court records show that Huffaker was on probation with conditions, including community service for The Humane Society, after pleading guilty to two counts of animal cruelty.

In that case, sheriff's Deputy Victor Wright said four dogs were found in a crate without food or water and were standing in about 4 inches of mud mixed with feces and water. The dogs were taken to a veterinarian and were found to be about 30 pounds underweight. Thirteen dead animals also were found on the property, including cows, goats, alpacas, donkeys and several unknown animals, said Sgt. Robert Gates.


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