LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The head of an animal rescue group has been convicted of 15 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty over dogs housed in the cold.

The Register Citizen ( ) reports that Frederick Acker was convicted in Litchfield Superior Court on Monday by a judge who found that 15 dogs housed at a Bethlehem facility owned by Acker were in jeopardy because of the cold. The dogs were transferred to a warm environment.

The 61-year-old Acker has said he’ll appeal.

Acker faced 63 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after as many dogs were seized in November 2012 from his unfinished barn-like facility. Prosecutors tried to prove he failed to provide adequate food, water and protection from the elements.

Danaher said state animal cruelty laws are vague in addressing the definition of “proper care.”

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