Gary Dassinger of Gladstone, North Dakota arrived in Stark County Courthouse on Monday for a civil trial, where he is accused of neglecting nearly 100 animals.
The Stark County’s state attorney submitted more than 40 pictures taken by law enforcement, showing animal carcasses and various forms of animal neglect, when they investigated Dassinger’s ranch on April 22.
A Stark County sheriff told the court the animals were not getting adequate food, water, or shelter.
He felt the conditions warranted the animals being seized back in May.
Dassinger’s former ranch hand, John Connor, told the court a friend of his in Wisconsin called the authorities based on what he told her about the ranch’s poor conditions.
“How can they go by someone else’s hearsay. This person has that turned me in is from Wisconsin, and has never been out to my place. And what is really frustrating is that they never asked me specific questions about feed, care or anything else,” Dassinger said.
On May 25, a Southwest District Court judge granted an injunction to stop authorities from seizing animals on Dassinger’s ranch.