Man accused of running illegal hog farm found guilty

PHOTO CREDIT: WAVY from Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

A Virginia Beach judge has found a man guilty on charges related to running an illegal hog farm. Media outlets report that Monday, 65-year-old Gary Morris Sr. was found guilty of eight counts of animal cruelty, two counts of inadequate care by an owner and leaving one pig dead. Judge Gene Woolard also banned Morris from raising livestock or domestic animals. The 122 pigs were found Dec. 29, 2015 near a soybean field. Animal Enforcement Unit Supervisor Meghan Conti testified the animals were found in "very, very concerning" conditions, and that officials couldn't locate any nutritious food. Morris' attorney, James Brice, argued that recent heavy rain had caused abnormal conditions at the site. He also said Morris had a difficult time taking care of the hogs in late 2015 because his wife was in the hospital. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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