Man charged with using shovel to beat four pigs One of the animals not expected to survive

January 03, 1996|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

A 40-year-old Baltimore County man is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $7,500 bail, accused of beating four pigs with a shovel late Monday night.

According to court documents, state police at the Westminster barracks received three 911 calls about 10 p.m. Monday from the Hess family in Manchester, saying that a man had "gone berserk" and was killing the family's pigs.

Members of the family told police they were afraid of the man and had barricaded themselves into their Carrs Road home, court records said.

About 20 minutes later, Trooper Christopher J. Cole responded and saw a man repeatedly hitting with a shovel four pigs penned in the yard.

The man, who officers said appeared to be intoxicated and in an uncontrolled rage, refused to stop hitting the animals and told Trooper Cole that the officer would have to shoot him.

According to court records, the man threatened Trooper Cole with the shovel, screaming obscenities and saying, "You'll have to kill me."

Trooper Cole fired a warning shot, and the man dropped the shovel and jumped into the pen.

Although the man stopped raging, he still would not obey the officer's instructions, and more troopers were called to help arrest the man.

First Sgt. Thomas H. Long said the man continued to behave in a disorderly manner after he was brought to the barracks.

"We couldn't photograph or fingerprint him," Sergeant Long said. bTC "But [his behavior at the barracks] wasn't anything that we would charge him with."

According to court documents, the Hess family told police that the man was a longtime PCP user. Police said they didn't know how the family knew the man.

Members of the family could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The four pigs, valued at $1,000, were seriously injured, and police said yesterday that one of the animals was not expected to survive.

Howard Thomas Levy, 40, of the 3900 block of Washington Blvd. in Halethorpe, has been charged with cruelty to animals, trespassing, malicious destruction of property, and assault.

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