Friday, October 22, 2010

Amish Teen Charged With Reckless Horse-and-Buggy Driving and Animal Abuse

In July of summer 2010, an Amish teen was caught with underage possession of alcohol, reckless endangerment, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to yield at an emergency vehicle, and lastly, overdriving an animal.  Seventeen-year-old, Levi Detweiler, ignored the stop sign as well as the deputies orders to stop his buggy.  Detweiler then started a horse-and-buggy chase with the deputies.  The chase only lasted about a mile when Detweiler made a sharp turn and ended up in a ditch.  He then fled the scene, but later was found.
Just four days before this incident, four eighteen-year-old Amish boys were arrested for underage drinking and littering.  They were caught tossing empty beer cans from their horse-and-buggy.  The past year in December, a young Amish man was arrested with charges of a DUI while falling asleep at the reigns of his buggy, leaving his horse to continue down the middle of the road.  
However, contrary to these cases, Levi Detweiler was charged with overdriving an animal.  Although Detweiler, faced charges of animal abuse.  Punishments include paying a modest fine, performing some community service, or at the maximum, spending a few days in jail.  Overall, these charges and punishments are nothing more than a "slap on the wrist."  At least this time, the horse's torture and overdriving was considered.
New York Governor, David Paterson, is taking steps towards ending cruelty within the commercial carriage horse industry.  He said that the horses need to be treated better, or they will simply be banned.  Unfortunately, however, it is harder to regulate animal cruelty within the Amish community due to their rejection of the outside world.


  1. There's nothing that will put your heart in your throat like doing about 50 down a narrow road in Marylands Amish country, and topping a hill to see in front of you a horse and buggy with a bunch of kids hanging off the back.

  2. I lived in maryland amish country as well,focusing on the negative isnt much appreciatd,while interesting and true in some cases this Page is very vague,generalizing all amish communities,what about some positives,there simple,they make AWESOME furniture,there food is organic and worth every penny,theyre Kind hearted,sweet.beautiful innocent people,there very nieve people that dont believe there way of life is Out of the norm...we will never fully.grasp there ways,they will never.fully grasp ours,,were certainly more outlandish,sick,twisted,then any humble amishmen or women with our cussing,crazy music,weapons,whores,pimps,crazy,drugs,parties,endless endless endless...BUT Not bashing,this Blog is interesting,the title says it all...

  3. I have seen their abuse of horses first hand. The issue is they shouldn't be above the laws of everyone else. They shouldn't be able to abuse any animal person or whatever. Not all are like that but the ones that r should be held accountable period.

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  5. Judging by your literacy level, you are Amish or Mennonite yourself, so far from objective. You may not agree, but making children stop their education after 8th grade, is a form of child abuse in my opinion. You are clearly a vicim of it yourself.

  6. the above comment was directed to Mikaila, not the author of the blog