LORRAINE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Jeffery Zehr of Adams Center was in front of a judge in the town of Lorraine Tuesday evening, still denying he abused his animals.
Last month, Zehr was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty after state police were called to a property in the town of Lorraine where they found evidence of a horse that had been dragged and a young calf in very poor health.
Both animals were euthanized. Police say they also found 14 animal carcasses and other animals alive without proper food and water.
His next court appearance is scheduled for October 8.
Protesters and animal advocates showed up at a court appearance last month and again Tuesday night. They say the animals currently in his care need to be taken away.
“It’s kind of scary for someone to have such a blatant disregard for another life,” Meghan Schroder said, “and I just don’t think someone who’s capable of doing the things he did do should be able to own more animals.”
Protesters say a petition for Zehr to receive the maximum penalty has received more than 5,500 signatures from people all over the world.