Man accused of animal cruelty resigns as CEO of Maine-based organization

SWANVILLE, Maine (WABI) - Jerry Ireland, founder of United Farmer Veterans of Maine, resigned as chief executive officer of the organization Thursday night, according to the Morning Sentinel.

Authorities say Ireland, a Swanville farmer, killed a dozen malnourished pigs and buried them before state agents could inspect them.

Ireland has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Authorities say animal welfare agents who went to the farm in March found a live pig locked in a barn without food or water along with a cow that had bedding full of manure.

They say a further search uncovered a dozen dead pig carcasses in two different stalls.

Ireland's attorney said his client treated his animals humanely.