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EPHRATA, Pa- Ephrata police announced Friday morning that charges have been filed against a 20-year-old Ephrata man.

Marvin M. Sensenig is being charged with two counts of cruelty to animals.

On Tuesday, officials say a witness was driving along  Bethany Road near Brossman Road in Ephrata when she saw two men leaning over a fallen horse, which had been pulling a wagon full of watermelons.

When officers arrived on the scene, they say the two men were trying to get the horse to its feet. Police called a local fire company to cool-off the horse with water. They showered the animal with about 1,000 gallons of water. However, the horse was badly hurt and had to be euthanized.

Police stated in a news release Friday, “It is alleged that the defendant unreasonably struck a horse that was overburdened with a heavy load. The horse expired shortly thereafter.”

This prosecution has been reviewed the by the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, and is the fullest extent available by Pennsylvania Law.  The applicable law is under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18) Section 5511c.  Statute here.

The Ephrata Police Department is holding a news at 11:30AM Friday at the Borough Hall in Ephrata.