Animal owner fined for mistreating his pets

Posted June 28, 2012, at 1:57 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 56-year-old Warren man was fined, ordered to pay medical costs and prohibited from having animals after entering a guilty plea Thursday to mistreating his animals.

Judge Patricia Worth ordered Foster Sullivan to pay fines and fees totaling $660 and ordered him to repay the Humane Society of Knox County $790 for care they provided animals taken from his property on March 24.

Sullivan also is prohibited from having any animals in his possession for one year.

Two Husky mix dogs were among the animals removed from his home after Knox County Sheriff Deputy John Hansen received a complaint of animal neglect. One of the dogs was in very poor condition. He found the dogs, 14 chickens and six ducks with inadequate food and water and otherwise suffering from severe neglect. The water in the dog pen was green and unfit to consume, the deputy reported.

The dog in worst shape, Jake, has recovered and is in foster care. The other dog, Liza, is at a new home and doing well, according to the Humane Society.

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