Success: Man Charged with Animal Cruelty After Allegedly Beating Horse

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Target: Ephrata Police Lt. Chris McKim

Goal: Applaud the Ephrata police for identifying, arresting, and charging the man allegedly responsible for beating his horse to death.

After social media video surfaced of him allegedly beating his overburdened horse to death in the middle of a rural road in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 20-year-old Amish man Marvin M. Sensenig has been arrested and charged with two counts of animal cruelty. The video was shared over 40,000 times and provoked outrage among animal rights activists and ordinary citizens. After much outcry, and petitions such as one that appeared on ForceChange, the Ephrata Police Department has filed charges against Sensenig.

Police described the horse as “overburdened.” It was pulling a wagon that was not only filled with watermelons, but also transporting a pair of grown, adult men. When the tired and overworked horse struggled to carry its wagonload, Sensenig allegedly began to beat the horse until it collapsed, near death.

A witness in her car called police, who arrived on the scene and, with the aid of the local fire department, attempted to save the horse. Over 1,000 gallons of water were used in hopes of cooling down the horse and reviving it. However, their attempts proved unsuccessful and the horse passed away.

There were false reports made shortly after the incident that Sensenig may not face charges because he is Amish and there were claims that the Amish face different rules in regards to treatment of animals. Such a statement was made by the witness to the incident. However, this is not true and Ephrata police confirm that Sensenig will face the court of law on equal footing as any other Pennsylvania resident who fatally abuses an animal.

The investigation was aided by the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and now that charges have been filed, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case. Sign the petition to let Ephrata Police Lt. Chris McKim and the entire Ephrata Police Department know that you appreciate their hard work in identifying and charging the man allegedly responsible for such horrific animal cruelty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Lt. McKim,

I am writing to applaud the efforts of both you and your police department as you successfully identified, arrested, and charged the man allegedly responsible for the fatal abuse of an overburdened horse. Not only did your department and the local fire department work tirelessly in attempts to revive the abused animal, but you carried out your public duty to the fullest extent in charging the 20-year-old man allegedly responsible for the horrific incident.

In this case, which has reached international attention, your department has shown the world that animals also deserve justice. Thank you for your hard work.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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7 Comments

  1. Armish people think they are above the law they are proberly the most cruelist people

  2. They spout God and their religion think they better than every other being but have child abuse animal abuse really dont think Gid would agree with that

  3. OMG…………I ONLY HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE MONSTER WHO DID THIS TO THIS POOR HORSE IS SEVERELY PUNISHED. NO MATTER IF THIS CREEP IS AMISH, JEWISH OR BAPTIST DOESN’T GIVE HIM THE RIGHT TO ABUSE AND TORTURE AND EVENTUALLY KILL THIS POOR HORSE. HE IS A EVIL,VILE,CRUEL MONSTER AND MUST BE TREATED AS SUCH. JAIL HIM FOR AT LEAST A YEAR, FINE HIM A HUGE AMOUNT, BAN HIM FROM HAVING OR BEING AROUND ANIMALS(WHAT DOES HE DO WITH OTHER ANIMALS THAT ARE UNFORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE AROUND HIM)DEMAND HE GET PSYCHIATRIC HELP AS HE IS EVIL SICK.

    RIP POOR HORSE AND MAY YOU GET THE JUSTICE YOU DESERVE FOR YOUR HORRIBLE DEATH!!!

    • He paid a fine of $754.00 and walked free. The Amish, or like years ago, Amish Mafia Lancaster, PA treat their animals like a piece of trash. Pennsylvania has weak laws, they abuse their animals ALL the time. Google it, lots of Amish abuse. The Pennsylvania Government’s laws are to blame, does corruption come to mind? Money and business, greed over cruelty.

  4. I always thought that the Amish would be the nicest people, but I read a few years back that they are cruel to their animals because they consider them just another piece of equipment. they don’t consider them creatures with feelings.. they are no different than tractors to the Amish. so disappointing.

  5. Why are these animal hating people NOT held to the laws of this country??? Are they not citizens of the US. Perhaps instead of turning a blind eye to what they do the cruelty they inflick on helpless animals MUST BE STOPPED!!! After they use up and wear out their horses they send they to New Holland to let the kill buyers buy them for the last $$$ they can wring out of them and then we have the puppy mill animals. I only wish that someone forcibly stopped him beating the animal but what ever means necessary. Perhaps putting the 2 men in the harness and making them pull the wagon would have helped. DO SOMETHING

  6. So much for religion and the pos that beat this poor horse to death.

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