Shippensburg man arrested: Over 400 animals rescued

Over 400 animals were rescued from a Southampton Township property Friday night and Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police said today. A Shippensburg man faces a total of 2,250 animal neglect and cruelty charges, including 450 counts of felony aggravated animal cruelty.

Barry Lee Orndorff, 62, posted $5,000 bail following a preliminary hearing early today before Night Court Magisterial District Judge Michael Sanderson. The charges were filed in Magisterial District Judge H. Anthony Adams office Friday.

Charges include hundreds of misdemeanor neglect and failure to provide adequate food, water and shelter to the animals, both those rescued and those found dead or dying on the farm.

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The rescue

The animal rescue by Speranza Animal Rescue of Mechanicsburg began Friday night after Speranza received a call from PSP asking for the organization’s help in evacuating a large number of animals from a farm in Cumberland County’s Southampton Township.

Rescuers arriving at the farm were overwhelmed by the odor of decaying carcasses, according to a post on Sparanza’s Facebook page. In a video on the page, Sparenza’s Janine Guido described the scene:

“One goat we thought was dead until he let out a scream. He was actively dying. Couldn’t even lift his head. I truly believe he let out that one last “baa” so we would end his suffering.”

Sparanza volunteers rescued a total of 404 animals during the two-day operation, according to police. Included in the total were goats, sheep, ducklings, chickens, rabbits and a horse named Mr Ed. Most are sick, some are pregnant, and all were neglected, police and rescuers said.

“We will get everyone looked over by the vet before putting up for adoption or to find another rescue to help out,” Guido said. “But for tonight they are safe.”

She praised the work of the state troopers involved in the case and the animal rescue operation.

“THANK YOU. You all are a special breed,” she said of officers.

Speranza is in the process of getting medical care for the rescued animals. The organization is asking for donations to help with that and other expenses.

Mail donations to Speranza Rescue at 1216 Brandt Rd Mechanicsburg Pa 17055 or make online donations at this link.

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The criminal case

Orndorff faces the following charges:

  • Aggravated Cruelty to Animals – Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death, third degree felony, 450 counts
  • Neglect of Animals – Failure to Provide Sustenance/Water, third degree misdemeanor, 450 counts
  • Neglect of Animals – Failure to Provide Vet Care, third degree misdemeanor, 450 counts
  • Cruelty to Animals, second degree misdemeanor, 450 counts
  • Neglect of Animals – Failure to Provide Shelter/Protection, third degree misdemeanor 450 counts

A preliminary hearing in the case takes place at 9 a.m. June 14 before Judge Michael Sanderson

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