Judge Raffi Yessayan ordered an evaluation when the 25-year-old New Bedford man appeared to have some trouble understanding and the judge said he had concerns about the defendant's decision-making.
"I had questions about his competency and his ability to waive his rights," the judge told the doctor in open court prior to Brousseau's examination.
Give him a drug test.
A short while later, prosecutor Kyle McPherson said the doctor would not be finished with the evaluation by the end of the day Tuesday and the plea hearing would have to be continued until March 28.
Brousseau's attorney, Rene Brown of Fall River, declined to comment.
A co-defendant in the case, his girlfriend Sabrina Harding, 25, of New Bedford, pleaded guilty in January to six counts of animal cruelty, but will not serve any jail time.
Judge Raymond P. Veary Jr. sentenced Harding to 2-1/2 years in the Bristol County House of Correction, but suspended the sentence for three years.
So basically the judge let her walk right out the door and be on probation - not one single day of county jail time for the starvation deaths of all those animals and the suffering of all the animals still alive that were rescued. Thanks, judge.
The judge also ordered Harding to have no direct contact with animals.
Harding and Brousseau were arrested in June 2015 when New Bedford animal control officers, acting on a tip, went to their apartment at 596 S. Second St. and found 46 animals, half of them dead, the other half badly malnourished.
The animals included cats, rabbits, lizards and birds, as well as an emaciated German shepherd leashed to a doorknob and standing in its own waste.
(South Coast Today - March 7, 2017)