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Leesburg man pleads guilty to animal cruelty

A Leesburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of animal cruelty in connection with a dog attack that occurred at the boarding facility he operated at his home.

Loudoun County Animal Services conducted an investigation after receiving a report from the owners of the dog that was attacked. The investigation found that a large dog owned by Patrick G. Hagerty, the operator of the boarding facility, had attacked and injured a smaller dog being boarded there on Aug. 30, according to county officials.

Additionally, the investigation found Hagerty did not seek timely treatment from a veterinarian, which put the smaller dog’s life in danger. The dog’s injuries were severely infected by the time it received treatment, but the dog did eventually recover, county officials said. Hagerty, 30, was charged with failure to provide veterinary care by a boarding facility and animal cruelty, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

A trial was originally set for Loudoun County General District Court for Oct. 25, but the case was continued to Dec. 20 after Hagerty failed to appear in court in October. On Dec. 20, Hagerty pleaded guilty to the Class 1 misdemeanor for animal cruelty and was sentenced to six months in jail with six months suspended.

Hagerty is also banned from owning any dogs, other than his two current dogs, for one year. The ban states that Hagerty is not to have contact with companion animals for a period of one year. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the owners of the attacked dog in the amount of $2,492.59. The charge for failure to provide veterinary care by a boarding facility was dismissed.

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