June 25, 2018
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Rockport man fined for grazing pigs

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Grazing pigs resulted in a fine Monday for a Rockport man, but he convinced the judge to lower the penalty.

David K. Cooke, 46, of Rockport admitted Monday morning in Rockland District Court to one count of animal trespass. The incident to which Cooke pleaded occurred Oct. 16 on Old County Road in Rockport.

But Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said the pigs have been a nuisance in the community and that there had been a prior animal trespass the previous year. He said Rockport police were familiar with the complaints and recognized the pigs when they were found on other people’s properties.

“They recognized the pigs?” Judge Susan Sparaco asked.

Cooke responded that they were not the same pigs as when he had the prior animal trespass complaint in November 2011.

He said he raised the pigs to sell as organic meat to restaurants. He said he would not be raising them next year.

The prosecutor asked for a $250 fine, but Cooke asked for a $100 fine. He said he brought grass seed over to “make it right” for where the pigs had damaged grass.

Judge Sparaco imposed the $100 fine.

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