FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2020
FREDERICK –Thomas Mackey, age 34, of Middletown, entered an Alford Plea to Aggravated Animal Cruelty before the Honorable Judge Dwyer of the Frederick County Circuit Court. The State argued for a suspended sentence but Judge Dwyer sentenced the Defendant to Probation before Judgement and ordered three years supervised probation with the special conditions of mental health treatment, random checks by Animal Control, and prohibition to owning new animals for the period of probation.
On December 2, 2018, Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies and Animal Control officers were dispatched to the 5400 block of Urbana Pike for a 911 call reporting physical abuse of a guinea pig. Witnesses stated that Mackey was sitting inside a parked vehicle in the parking lot striking the animal and inserting his finger into its rectum. Medical evaluation found injuries to the guinea pig consistent with what witnesses and the defendant described to officers.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Catherine McDermid.