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Horse euthanized after alleged beating by Amish man

Written by Sydney Musser and Joel Shannon/The York Daily Record | Aug 4, 2016 9:05 AM
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These photos are being investigated by the Ephrata Police Department in connection to a report of animal abuse. (Photo: Ephrata Police Department)

(Ephrata) --  A horse, allegedly beaten by an Amish man, has been euthanized, according to Ephrata police, who discussed the incident in a news conference Wednesday.

A viral Facebook post alleges the man "beat a horse to the point it collapsed." A photo, shared on Facebook Tuesday, has been shared more than 13,000 times.

Police were dispatched to an incident involving the horse at 11:56 a.m. 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. Up to 1,000 gallons of water were used in an attempt to cool the horse, McKim said.

He reported that a passerby complained to police about the treatment of the horse during that three-hour period.

The viral Facebook post claims 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."

Police have identified the horse's owner and the operator of the cart the horse had been pulling. McKim confirmed that they are local but declined to release their names.

The SPCA is consulting with the Ephrata Police department in this case, McKim said.

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

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