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Centre County man accused of animal abuse evicted from farm

A court-ordered writ of possession, issued this week, looks to be the end of the line for Jah Jah Melhem on an Aaronsburg farm. (WJAC)

A court-ordered writ of possession, issued this week, looks to be the end of the line for Jah Jah Melhem on an Aaronsburg farm.

The farm owners, who live elsewhere, were trying to sell the property last year when they say after a short discussion with Melhem, he and close to 200 farm animals simply moved in. The owners say there was no sale or lease agreement or any money paid by Melhem.

In December, the SPCA seized 118 animals under Melhem's so-called care, saying the animals were in poor shape and malnourished.

The property owners, meanwhile, filed suit in Centre County court months ago.

Among their concerns were that Melhem's remaining animals were wandering in neighbors' fields or in nearby Millheim and causing damage.

They finally got a judge to evict Melhem, and the Centre County sheriff says he'll visit the farm site soon to make sure the court order is enforced.

Melhem is already facing animal cruelty and bad check charges in Northampton County.


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