Man accused of starving goats given time to consider plea offer

Peter Yan will respond when he returns to court on April 24

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  • A veterinarian and assistants checked each goat when the Hudson Valley SPCA raided Peter Yan's farm last August. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Peter Yan sprinted from Goshen Town Court on Feb. 13, followed by his attorney, Jim Monroe (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

By Frances Ruth Harris

— Peter Yan, accused of failing to provide food, water, and sustenance to 28 goats on his Goshen property, appeared again before Judge Rory Brady in Goshen town court on Feb. 13.

Assistant District Attorney David Kempinger presented a plea agreement to Yan and his attorney, Jim Monroe of Dupee and Monroe of Goshen. An interpreter was provided for Yan, who lives in Lynbrook, Long Island.

Yan, referred in court documents as Ping Yan, was offered a deal allowing him to plead guilty to one misdemeanor, not the 28 misdemeanors with which he's now charged. Yan would also not be able to own animals for one year.

Judge Brady gave Yan and his attorney time to discuss the deal. Yan will respond when he returns to court on April 24.

Court documents also refer to him as.

In his Nov. 14, 2018, arraignment before Judge Brady, Yan pleaded not guilty to 28 counts of animal abuse.

Twenty-seven goats were seized in an Aug. 11 raid on a farm at 7 Orzeck Lane in Goshen conducted by Gene Hecht, chief of Hudson Valley SPCA Humane Law Enforcement, and his officers. Hecht found the goats severely underweight and suffering from infections.

On the day of the raid, Yan signed over his goats over to Hecht and the SPCA. The statement said Yan would no longer be responsible for the financial care of the goats.

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