An Ohio farmer named Jonas Beachy has been charged with 23 counts of animal cruelty after authorities seized 52 dogs from his farm on October 1. The dogs were allegedly severely matted, suffering from untreated injuries and living in filthy conditions. Mr. Beachy says he cares for his dogs and they were seized due to the fact that he is Amish and there are cultural differences at play.
“We don’t have TV and we don’t listen to the news,” Beachy said. “I was not aware that I was violating any laws whatsoever,” he said.
Right. Because TV and radio news are the main sources most Americans rely upon to make ourselves aware of laws.
Apparently Mr. Beachy sees no problem with a dog living in this condition. Because TV!
Mr. Beachy says that he has since read the applicable OH laws and determined that he “did not violate any laws”. His first court appearance is scheduled for November 27.