Healdton man pleads guilty in animal cruelty case

Sierra Rains
Brandon Lee Hunt

A Healdton man plead guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges last week, following the deaths of several animals in his care in August 2019.

Assistant District Attorney Aaron Taber said Brandon Lee Hunt, 22, was convicted of four charges of cruelty to animals on Jan. 23. A fifth charge for the deaths of numerous pigeons at his residence located off of Industrial Road was dismissed as a part of a plea agreement.

Hunt’s sentence includes one year in the Carter County Jail, followed by six years of probation and a $1,000 fine. Taber said Hunt will not be allowed to own any animals during his probation period and he will be subject to routine drug tests and regular meetings with his probation officer.

The four animal cruelty charges Hunt plead guilty to stem from Aug. 23, 2019, when Healdton police reportedly discovered that three dogs in Hunt’s care had perished and another was extremely emaciated and malnourished.

Court documents state that Hunt had deprived the animals of food and water, leading to their deaths and malnourishment.

Taber said he is generally happy with the outcome of the case, as Hunt will be facing time and “more importantly, he is on probation and we’ll be able to keep an eye on him”.