A southeast Nebraska farmer charged with animal cruelty after hundreds of dead pigs were found on his property has waived a preliminary court hearing.

KOLN-TV in Lincoln (http://bit.ly/vTKpGH ) says 60-year-old John Maahs, of Unadilla, waived his right to the hearing on Monday in Otoe County Court. His case was bound over to district court.

Maahs is charged with 10 counts of felony counts of animal cruelty.

Authorities say hundreds of dead pigs in various stages of decomposition were found on Maahs' farm in September. Officials say some of animals likely starved to death.


Information from: KOLN-TV, http://www.kolnkgin.com


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