Leroy Baker is being forced to pay $177,559.51 in fines in connection with animal abuse violations at his livestock auction in Sugarcreek, Ohio, by the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio who have ordered garnishment of Baker’s bank accounts in order to collect the outstanding monies.
Following a meeting in April 2011 with Sugarcreek officials and Leroy Baker, Animals’ Angels was informed by the Ohio District Court that they had notified Baker that a garnishment is being taken by the United States government.
Copies of the Writ of the continuing garnishment were subsequently sent to Baker’s financial institutions.
According to court documents obtained by Animals’ Angels, the financial institutions have responded and disclosed the amount of monies available for garnishment.
Baker was originally ordered to pay $162,800.00 by the USDA on October 1st, 2008. However, Baker refused to pay and called the decision and the charges against him “bogus”.
Following pressure from horse advocates, on October 27, 2010, the Ohio District Court confirmed its earlier decision and ordered Baker to pay $172,621.66. In March 2011, Animals’ Angels issued a release questioning government officials why this debt remains uncollected, calling supporters to action. Ohio officials received thousands of letters, email and phone calls regarding the issue, spurring the garnishment collection process.
Source: Edited Animal Angels’ Press Release