Nov 222013

A Holbrook man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after police responded to a residence in the 100 block of West La Jolla Street last April when residents reported that dogs housed there were being mistreated. Police found six dogs that had been tied at various locations on the property, and were not being fed or watered properly. Two of the dogs had deep neck injuries from the chains around their necks and three of the dogs had worms.
Raymond Plant, 47, pleaded guilty Nov. 6 in Holbrook Justice Court to having an unlicensed dog and two counts of cruelty to animals. He received a suspended sentence and was placed on probation with the conditions that he forfeits the five dogs in question (one dog has died from undetermined causes) to the custody of the state, not keep any animals at the La Jolla Street residence and not possess any dogs for a period of three years in the State of Arizona. He was fined $500, and was ordered to pay $415 to the Spay and Neuter Fund in care of the Holbrook Veterinary Clinic and a $318.60 surcharge.
The dogs have been treated by the vet and are in need of good homes. Anyone interested in adopting one of these animals is encouraged to contact Holbrook Animal Control at 524-6828 or visit the shelter at 105 Airport Road.