Norman Hale Jr., 53, of Stafford, was convicted on one count of animal cruelty Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Monroe County Court.
Hale had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.
Hale was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $500, both suspended. He was also sentenced to supervised probation for 36 months and ordered to obtain employment and serve 120 hours of community service within six months.
Hale was also ordered not to have more than six animals on his property and to fully comply with the recommendations of Monroe County Humane Officer Ronda Piatt.
TWELVE COUNTS OF CRUELTY FILED BACK IN 2004
In March of 2004, Hale was charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty after a dog hanged itself at his property.
At that time, Hale owned approximately 40 dogs. Upon being found guilty, his kennel license was revoked and he was ordered to reduce his number of animals to four.
Hale’s second conviction on animal cruelty charges Dec. 21 stemmed from complaints and charges from 2015.
In his ruling, Solovan said he found that the victim, a dog, suffered physical harm or risk, and that Hale had ignored the recommendations of Humane Officer Ronda Piatt.
SIX COUNTS OF CRUELTY FILED BACK IN 2013
On August 21, 2013, it appears that they dismissed the animal cruelty case against him:
"Norman Hale Jr., Graysville, six counts cruelty to animals, at the request of the State, the within case is dismissed."
(Monroe County Beacon - Dec 28, 2016)