CORNWALL, Conn. (AP) — The former manager of a Cornwall farm has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for neglecting a herd of goats.
Michael Hearl was sentenced Tuesday, but allowed to remain free on bond while the conviction on 19 counts of animal cruelty is appealed.
Prosecutors say many of the goats Hearl was supposed to take care of at Butterfield Farm died or were ill.
Hearl tells the Republican-American he was not “calling the shots” at the farm and he actually tried to help the goats.
Prosecutors dismissed that defense and said evidence shows that Hearl was making the decisions about the animals and provided misleading information regarding feeding practices and goat mortality during an investigation in December 2014 and January 2015.
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