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Man sentenced in Hancock animal neglect case

  • court/crime Jason Morrison



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:56PM

A Hudson man pleaded guilty to nine counts of animal neglect Wednesday stemming from a criminal case in which nine farm animals were found without access to food or water on a Hancock property earlier this year.

Thomas Walsh, 37, had been scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on the charges in the Jaffrey district court Wednesday when instead a plea and sentencing hearing was held and he pled guilty to the charges. After accepting his plea, judge Erin B. McIntyre ordered Walsh to pay $9,000 in fines – $1,000 for each misdemeanor. All of the fines, however, were suspended by McIntyre for a period of five years pending his good behavior, according to court records.

McIntyre also banned Walsh from owning any farm animals for the next five years. She also ordered him to pay the town of Hancock $245, for a veterinarian bill. He was also ordered to pay restitution – to be determined but not to exceed $1,500 – for the cost to shelter the animals after they were seized.

Hancock police began investigating a possible animal neglect case at 280 Bennington Road on March 31, after being tipped off by a concerned neighbor who told police they hadn’t seen anyone coming in or out of the property in quite some time.

Police later obtained a search warrant and located a guinea hog, two Tamworth pigs, a Yorkshire cross pig, two mallard ducks, two Peking ducks, and a red chicken, on the property.

None of the living animals on the property appeared to have access to food or water and one of the pigs was injured. Police also found deceased animals on the property.

The animals had been removed from the property, treated by a veterinarian, and were placed elsewhere.

Walsh was arraigned on June 7 and originally pleaded not guilty.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.