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Ephrata man charged in horse beating

Written by Sydney Musser, York Daily Record | Aug 5, 2016 12:10 PM
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These photos taken by a witness were investigated by the Ephrata Police Department in connection to a report of animal abuse. (Photo: Ephrata Police Department)

(Ephrata) -- Marvin Martin Sensenig, 20, has been charged with two counts of cruelty to animals after he allegedly beat an overburdened horse on Tuesday.

The Ephrata Police Department issued the citations after concluding an investigation on Friday, according to a news release.

"It is alleged that the defendant unreasonably struck a horse that was overburdened with a heavy load," the release stated. "The horse expired shortly thereafter."

People were alerted to the alleged beating from a Facebook post that said an Amish man "beat a horse to the point it collapsed." A photo, posted Tuesday, has been shared more than 13,000 times, prompting outrage over the incident.

Up to 1,000 gallons of water were used in an attempt to cool the horse after it had collapsed, but despite efforts to help it, the animal had to be euthanized, according to Ephrata police.

Police were dispatched to an incident involving the horse at 11:56 a.m. on Tuesday. There was a report of a horse blocking traffic at Bethany Road near Brossman Road in Ephrata Township, located northeast of Lancaster, according to Ephrata Police Lt. Chris McKim.

Officers investigated for three hours, calling a local fire company for assistance. McKim reported that a passerby complained to police about the treatment of the horse during that three-hour period.

The Facebook post that brought attention to the horse claimed that the officers at the scene indicated that the Amish "are governed under a different law."

McKim addressed this claim in his news conference: "The officer did not say that the Amish are not subject to the law."

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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