Local man pleads guilty to one count of animal cruelty

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Gregory David Howard Buck, 23 appeared in Chester County General Sessions Court Tuesday, charged with cruelty to animals, resulting from the Feb. 4 incident at his property on Lott Road, in which six dogs were seized, all exhibiting varying degrees of neglect.
According to a report from the Chester County Sheriff’s Department, deputies observed the six dogs in “deplorable living conditions,” “confined in pens and leashes around the property.” The report stated it had been raining for some time, and that “Two of the animals had water but no shelter. All the dog pens were littered with feces…none of the animals had food. Most of the dogs, not all, were very skinny with ribs showing.”
Jennifer McBride, with Funny Farm Rescue Ranch, was contacted to participate in the seizure of the animals. The rescue oversaw custody of the dogs during the court process, and amassed nearly $20,000 in costs for veterinary treatment and daily care for the dogs.
Buck pled guilty to one count of cruelty to animals, and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in the Chester County Jail, receiving credit for time served, all suspended and supervised on probation. He surrendered all of the dogs and was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to the rescue.

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