Leonardtown man starts 10-day sentence for animal cruelty
Plea hearing followed an investigation of dogs’ care
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.