Man convicted of cruelty to calves

A Lancaster County man was convicted of two summary counts of transporting animals in a cruel manner and 8 summary traffic violations on Tuesday.

Joshua Spickler was sentenced to six months in the Centre County Correctional Facility and $2,000 in fines. He is also barred from possessing or transporting animals for six months. The trial was held in Spickler’s absence after he failed to show up for his hearing.

The incidents stem from a traffic stop in February, when a police officer found two calves in Spickler’s truck. One was alive, the other recently deceased in the minus 7 degree cold.

The owner of the animals, Tyler Snook, of Middleburg, is also charged, but no trial date has been set, according to the Centre County District Attorney’s Office.