Woman Cleared Of Animal Cruelty Charges
MIFFLIN TOWNSHIP — The owner of a horse farm accused of animal cruelty has been found not guilty on all charges.
On Tuesday, a magisterial district judge cleared Maria Hayes of the animal cruelty counts.
Hayes runs a boarding stable in Mifflin Township and houses a number of animals owned by her and by others who pay to board their animals there.
In February, a horse at her facility had to be euthanized and an investigation determined four other horses had signs of malnutrition.
Authorities charged Hayes in August with five counts of animal cruelty.