The courtroom listens to Norman Hale Jr., left, testify last week as he was sentenced in Monroe County Court on one count of animal cruelty. Hale was ordered to limit the number of animals he had on his Stafford property, after being convicted on animal cruelty charges for the second time.

Hale convicted of animal cruelty for second time

For the second time in the past 13 years, a Monroe County man will have limitations placed on the number of animals he can have after being convicted on animal cruelty charges.

Norman Hale Jr., 53, of Stafford, was convicted on one count of animal cruelty Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Monroe County Court.

Hale had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

The ruling of Judge John Solovan II, interim judge from Belmont County, put severe restrictions on Hale in terms of the number of animals he can keep on his property.

Hale was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $500, both suspended. He was also sentenced to supervised probation for 36 months and ordered to obtain employment and serve 120 hours of community service within six months.

Hale was also ordered not to have more than six animals on his property and to fully comply with the recommendations of Monroe County Humane Officer Ronda Piatt.

In March of 2004, Hale was charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty after a dog hanged itself at his property.

At that time, Hale owned approximately 40 dogs. Upon being found guilty, his kennel license was revoked and he was ordered to reduce his number of animals to four.

Hale’s second conviction on animal cruelty charges Dec. 21 stemmed from complaints and charges from 2015.

In his ruling, Solovan said he found that the victim, a dog, suffered physical harm or risk, and that Hale had ignored the recommendations of Humane Officer Ronda Piatt.

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