Man pleads guilty in animal cruelty case

Updated: Dec. 5, 2019 at 4:58 PM EST
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A jury was seated and opening statements were set to begin, but an Adams Center man decided to plead guilty instead.

Jeffrey Zehr pleaded guilty Thursday in Lorraine Town Court to two counts of animal cruelty.

In August, state police said they found 14 dead animals on Zehr's town of Lorraine property and two more in such bad shape they had to be euthanized. Police also said several other animals were still alive, but did not have proper food and water.

Zehr repeatedly denied abusing his animals.

He was originally charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty, but a dozen counts were later dropped.

Zehr pleaded guilty Thursday to the remaining two counts just as opening statements were set to begin.

According to defense attorney John Hallett, Zehr faces up to two years in jail when he’s sentenced March 10.

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