People protest alleged animal abuser during court appearance

Jeffrey Zehr protests

LORRAINE, N.Y. (WWNY) - More than a dozen protesters were at Lorraine town court Tuesday night speaking out against a man accused of animal cruelty.

They're protesting 38 year old Jeffery Zehr of Adams Center who was in court to face 14 counts of animal cruelty.

He was charged earlier this month when state police reported finding several dead animals on his property as well as two other animals that were in such bad shape they had to be put down.

Jeffrey Zehr appears in Lorraine town court. He was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty.
Jeffrey Zehr appears in Lorraine town court. He was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty. (Source: WWNY)

Zehr's case was postponed to September 10.

Protesters held signs, including some that said "no more slaps on the wrist."

Community members and animal advocates say neglect cases like this never receive proper justice.

"It makes me angry that nothing has been done about it," Jeanne Chapman said, "and that I know that everything that he has been charged with on these 12 or 14 counts are going to be misdemeanors."

"In a perfect world, I would see justice get served -- he needs to go to jail," Kelsey Switzer said. "I'm not sure that it's going to happen tonight, but if it gets pushed out and we can rally more people and we can get more together, something can be done and he can be put in jail or get the justice that these animals deserve."

Zehr ignored a request for comment.

He still has animals under his care, but protesters say they hope to change that.

They say they’re going to gather more people for Zehr’s next court date and they hope People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) from Syracuse can get involved.

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