BELFAST, Maine — It’s been nearly two years since a former farmer was accused of animal cruelty after he allegedly killed and buried about a dozen heritage pigs just a day before state animal welfare agents were scheduled to check on them.
Two months after criminal charges were filed against Jerry Ireland, the Army veteran resigned from his position as the head of the nonprofit United Farmer Veterans of Maine. He later resigned his post as head of a for-profit co-op intended to help farmer veterans.
But the case has been slower to wind its way through the court system. Ireland, who was charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty in connection with the death of the Mangalitsa pigs in March 2018, is expected to face a jury at the Waldo Judicial Center in Belfast.