Leonard­town man starts 10-day sen­tence for an­i­mal cru­elty

Plea hear­ing fol­lowed an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of dogs’ care

The Enterprise - - News - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JohnEn­tNews

A Leonard­town area man re­ported Tues­day to St. Mary’s jail to serve a 10day sen­tence from his guilty plea last month to an an­i­mal cru­elty of­fense, from court pa­pers de­tail­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the care of dogs at his ad­dress off St. An­drew’s Church Road.

Calvin B. Jones, now 67, also was or­dered at his Aug. 23 plea hear­ing to pay $6,007 in resti­tu­tion to the county, and to not own or pos­sess any pets or other an­i­mals dur­ing three years of un­su­per­vised pro­ba­tion.

Five dogs were seized through the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by St. Mary’s an­i­mal control of­fi­cers and sher­iff’s deputies.

“They’re at the shel­ter,” Joy Wil­son, an an­i­mal control of­fi­cer, said at her of­fice after the plea hear­ing, held nearby in dis­trict court at a state of­fice build­ing on the county’s gov­ern­men­tal cam­pus.

“One of them has been go­ing through [con­tin­u­ing] vet care,” Wil­son said, “ever since we had them.”

Jones was ar­rested in early July, and granted pre­trial re­lease, on the charg­ing pa­pers al­leg­ing he failed to pro­vide nec­es­sary ve­teri­nary ser­vices and proper care for the dog, de­scribed in the court records filed by sher­iff’s deputy An­drew Budd as hav­ing “se­vere lac­er­a­tion[s] and punc­tures to its face, leg and paw which re­quired im­me­di­ate med­i­cal care.”

A po­lice raid found dogs housed in an “ex­tremely hot” build­ing, with drink­ing wa­ter for them that was “green in color,” the court pa­pers state, adding that Jones said he “only took care of them,” and they were not his dogs.

At the plea hear­ing, court pa­pers state, St. Mary’s Dis­trict Judge Christy Holt Chesser sen­tenced Jones to 90 days in jail, sus­pended to the 10-day term and credit for one day served in pre­trial cus­tody. He was or­dered to for­feit the dogs seized through the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and to be­gin pay­ing the resti­tu­tion at the rate of at least $25 a month be­gin­ning in Oc­to­ber.

Wil­son said she ex­pects that new homes even­tu­ally will be found for all the dogs.

“They’re all su­per friendly,” she said.

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