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Snyder County man sentenced following animal cruelty charges

Stahl faces four counts of animal cruelty and 26 counts of animal neglect.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — On Friday, Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch announced the sentencing of a Middleburg man following his conviction on animal cruelty and related offenses.

John Stahl, 55, faces four counts of animal cruelty and 26 counts of animal neglect. 

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Stahl's sentencing consists of four years probation, a fine of $1,400, 140 hours of community services, and approximately $33,000 in restitution.

The sentencing order also prohibits Stahl from owning or possessing any animals. He must divest any animals he currently owns by March 1.

A jury was selected for Stahl's case, but on the scheduled date for the trial, Stahl entered a plea deal.

Animals previously owned by Stahl were taken care of by Ashburn's Animals, Haven to Home, and the Sunbury Animal Hospital.

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In August 2019, troopers found several animals without food or water and covered in feces during a heatwave in Stahl's barn in Jackson Township.