A Conewago Township Supervisor is found guilty of stealing 16 sheep from his next door neighbor.
But the Supervisor says he never took anything from his neighbor’s property.
Conewago Township Supervisor, Jay Brandt, tells FOX43, the sheep that the District Attorney says he stole — have cost him thousands of dollars in damage.
Brandt says he didn’t purposely set out to steal someone’s animals.
He says the sheep have repeatedly broken through his neighbor’s fence over the past 6 months.
“They kept coming over and I told him at least 50 times he’s gotta keep these animals at home or else I’m going to load them up and sell them,” says Brandt.
And that’s exactly what he did.
Brandt says he paid for someone to take the sheep away and didn’t profit from it.
“I got no money out of the sheep but at least it cured the problem,” says Brandt.
Brandt says the overall problem has cost him roughly $25,000 over the past twenty years.
He says his neighbor’s animals wander onto his farm looking for food.
“They don’t feed them adequately,” says Brandt.
“Do you think this is a case of animal cruelty?” we asked.
“It certainly is, they’ve been charged with animal cruelty more than once,” says Brandt.
A Dauphin County jury convicted Brandt of unlawful taking.
District Attorney Ed Marsico’s office says that amounts to what is called an infamous crime.
“He was definitely out to hang me one way or the other,” says Brandt.
And under Pennsylvania law you can’t hold public office if you’re found guilty.
But Brandt doesn’t think he’s going to have to step down anytime soon.
Brandt tells us he’s filed multiple police reports over the years but he’s never received any money from the damage the animals have done.
FOX43 reached out to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office multiple times but never received a response.