Man gets 3 years in Woodlawn animal cruelty case

Larry Alston sentenced in case related to treatment of 'Pit 6' dogs

  • Volunteers and staff members at Baltimore Humane Society are training six pit bulls who were confiscated in an animal cruelty investigation.
Volunteers and staff members at Baltimore Humane Society are… (Barbara Haddock Taylor,…)
January 23, 2012|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

A 37-year-old man was sentenced in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Monday to three years in prison for animal cruelty stemming from a police seizure of scarred and malnourished dogs from a Woodlawn area home.

Larry Alston was arrested in 2009 after police found numerous dogs in the home, along with cages that were covered in feces and urine. He had been charged 22 counts of violating various animal cruelty laws, including charges of mutilating the animals, and police said there was evidence the dogs had been used for fighting.

In August, Alston entered an Alford plea, which allows him to avoid admitting guilt but acknowledging the state has enough evidence to convict. A judge then enters guilty pleas to the charges, which in this care were related to six dogs, known as the "Pit 6" — Michelle, Tippy, Bridget, Shelley, Meme and Meris. Other dogs died.

"It was a good result for the seriousness of the crime," said Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney Adam Lippe.

Peter.hermann@baltsun.com

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