Pigs, ducks, chicken removed from Hancock property; Hudson owner facing animal cruelty charges
June 23. 2018 8:53PM
HANCOCK — Local police removed nine animals from a property here and have charged the owner, who lives in Hudson, with multiple counts of animal cruelty.
Thomas Walsh, 37, recently pleaded not guilty to nine misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in the 8th Circuit Court Jaffrey Division, officials said.
A pre-trial conference date is set for Aug. 8.
The recent arrest followed a three-month 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 authorities that, after checking the chicken coop from the road, that the neighbor could see the animals had no food or water.
Police officials said 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 veterinarian offices about the conditions of the animals and obtained a search warrant for the premises.
Along with Department of Agriculture staff, police seized and removed from the property four pigs, four ducks and one chicken.
On April 7 officials obtained an arrest warrant for the owner of the property.
The charges were brought in consultation with the county attorney and the state veterinarian offices, police officials said.