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Berks woman pleads guilty to 25 animal cruelty charges in Lancaster County

Joanna Marie Fleming, 46, who has a Fleetwood address, has entered an open plea to 25 animal cruelty charges in Lancaster County, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced Monday.

Fleming entered the plea with Lancaster County Judge Dennis Reinaker, who sentenced her to seven years of probation, the first six months of which is to be spent on house arrest.  Additionally, she was ordered to forfeit all animals related to the cases, is prohibited from owning animals for seven years, was ordered to pay restitution to the PSPCA, and is subject to random inspections by state humane society police officers.

The charges include five felony charges for aggravated cruelty to animals causing significant bodily injury or death, 10 misdemeanor charges for lack of veterinary care, and 10 summary charges for lack of veterinary care, lack of shelter and cruelty to animals.

Fleming operated Red Rock Horse Rescue Rehab and Blue Starr Horse Rescue Barn in Peach Bottom, Fulton Township. She used to live there and also maintained animals at another site in the township.

The PSPCA said its humane officers visited Fleming’s Lancaster County property in July, September, October and November of 2020. In July, Fleming surrendered three horses that were underweight, had poor coat maintenance and overgrown hooves. In August, two more visits to Fleming’s property resulted in the seizure of six additional horses, including those with infected wounds, overgrown hooves and underweight body conditions, the PSPCA said.

In November, humane officers seized nine Doberman pinschers, including seven 2-week-old puppies that were found to have urine and fecal scalding along with live fleas. Additionally, 44 chickens, 23 cats, two pigs, two ducks, three dogs and two horses were removed.

A total of 95 animals were rescued from Fleming in 2020. Some were signed over and found placement in adoptive homes or with rescue organizations, while several have been in the protective custody of the PSPCA for nearly a year.


Source: Berkshire mont

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