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Albany man gets six months for mistreating pit bulls

Albany man gets six months for mistreating pit bulls

A city man was sentenced to six months in jail in County Court today for his “heinous” treatment of

A city man was sentenced to six months in jail in County Court today for his “heinous” treatment of pit bulls.

In September 2012, Anthony Walker, 31, intentionally abandoned three pit bull puppies — all of them physically injured — beside the railroad tracks in the area of North Pearl and Van Woert streets.

Less than five months later, he left four other pit bulls unattended for an extended period of time without adequate food or water in a trailer parked at a Super 8 motel in Colonie.

Walker’s neglect earned him a six-month stint in Albany County Jail Tuesday. Judge Peter Lynch also ordered him to serve five years of probation during his sentencing in County Court.

Walker admitted to one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, an unclassified felony under Buster’s Law. Once released from jail, he’ll be prohibited from possessing or residing with animals as a condition of his probation.

“It is heinous acts like the ones we saw in this case that the law was written for,” said Brad Shear of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in a news release.

Assistant District Attorney Chantelle Cleary prosecuted the case.

District Attorney David Soares credited community support and law enforcement for helping to identify Walker. He said the case began with the abandoned puppies on the tracks, with little information about who left them there.

“The sentence in this case reflects the proof that we had established, and nothing less than a felony conviction would have been appropriate for Mr. Walker,” Soares said in a news release. “I sincerely thank those individuals who called in tips and supported this investigation.”

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