Hudson man pleads guilty to neglecting 4 pigs, 4 ducks and a chickenBy DAMIEN FISHER
Union Leader Correspondent
October 11. 2018 6:45PM
HANCOCK — A Hudson man has $9,000 in fines hanging over his head after he pleaded guilty this week to neglecting his four pigs, four ducks, and one chicken on his Bennington Road property in Hancock.
Thomas Walsh, 37, pleaded to nine counts of animal neglect, all misdemeanors, during a hearing Wednesday in the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey. He was sentenced to $1,000 for each offense, with all of the fines suspended for five years.
Walsh is now prohibited from owning or maintaining barnyard animals during that time, and he must make restitution to the town of $245 for initial veterinary costs. He must also repay up to $1,500 to cover the cost of feeding the animals since they were taken by the town earlier this year. Walsh has 180 days to make the restitution.
Walsh was arrested in June following a lengthy investigation that began when a neighbor reached out to police on March 31 because that person hadn’t seen anyone at the Bennington Road property for some time and was worried about the animals.
The neighbor told police that, after checking the chicken coop from the road, the neighbor could see the animals had no food or water.
Hancock police stated their own investigation on site found an injured pig in the barn and also deceased animals on the property.
None of the living animals had access to food or water, police said, which the authorities then provided.
Over the next two days, police contacted local and state veterinary offices about the conditions of the animals and obtained a search warrant for the property.
Along with Department of Agriculture staff, police seized and removed four pigs, four ducks and one chicken from the property.