An Ohio man who drove a livestock truck that crashed on a northwest New Jersey highway, killing 80 animals, has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.
At a municipal court hearing Wednesday in Knowlton Township, Marvin Dale Raber was ordered to pay a $750 fine. The Apple Creek, Ohio, resident also pleaded guilty to careless driving.
Authorities say 195 sheep, goats and calves were packed into a 20-foot trailer when the crash occurred Aug. 26, spilling animals onto Interstate 80.
After the hearing, Raber told The Express-Times newspaper of Easton, Pa., he would never intentionally harm an animal. He says he was driving the truck to a slaughterhouse as a favor to a friend and didn't know the animals were improperly packed.