Mistrial in case for two people charged with ill treatment of animals

Posted July 22, 2021 3:11 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News, News

A hung jury led to a mistrial in a case where two people were arrested and 26 dogs were seized following an investigation in Lancaster County. Steppes Stagvelt Starwolf, 63, and Stevie Jenna Starwolf, 53, were arrested and charged with ill treatment of animals, which carries a sentence of 180 days to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. On the second day of the trial, the jury was hung so it was declared a mistrial. Although officials say Stevie Jenna never showed up to court, Steppes’ trial went ahead. Closing arguments happened Wednesday morning. There’s no word on the prosecution’s next move in the case.