Former Lothian man enters plea to animal cruelty charge

Puppy euthanized due to injuries

November 09, 2010|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

A former Lothian man entered an Alford plea Tuesday to hurting his girlfriend's daughter's puppy so seriously that the hound mix was euthanized due to internal injuries.

Glenn Allen Townsend Jr., 39, was sentenced to a 90-day suspended jail term and ordered by an Anne Arundel County judge to spend a year on supervised probation with the possibility of anger management treatment, according to prosecutors and court documents. Under the plea, he did not admit throwing the dog, Hope, to the ground after she chewed his wallet Nov. 12. He acknowledged that prosecutors had evidence to convict him.

The pet's owner and family brought Hope to a veterinarian, who contacted police. Animal Control officials euthanized Hope. The dog's owner, who told police she saw Townsend hurt Hope, and her sister recanted their statements to police, according to prosecutors.

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