ALBANY, N.Y. - After pleading guilty to felony animal cruelty charges, Anthony Walker was sentenced to six months in prison in Albany County Court; but because he has already served eight months, he walked out of court a free man on Tuesday.
Walker, 31, of Albany, pleaded guilty in connection to the abuse of the "Railroad Puppies" and the "U-Haul Dogs," and was additionally sentenced to five years of felony probation and is no longer allowed to possess or reside with animals.
After court Tuesday, Walker told NEWS10 there was another side to the story. However, declined to say what it is, only saying "these guys don't play fair."
"People who know me know that this couldn't possibly be true," Walker told NEWS10. "This case is not over."
Albany County District Attorney David Soares was in court, and when asked if the punishment truley fit the crime, he said, "He's walking the streets today but he can't own animals and he has to be on the registry, which is what our objective was."
"This is a person who didn't have a conscious and putting him in jail isn't going to give him one," said Brad Shear, with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, who helped treat and find homes for those dogs involved. "All we can do is put him on probation as long as possible, keep him on the registry and try to keep animals out of his hands."
Authorities say Walker left four pit bull dogs unattended in a U-Haul trailer for an extended period of time without proper sustenance in January 2013. As a result, one of the dogs suffered serious physical injury. Each of the four dogs were eventually adopted.
Walker also pleaded guilty to charges that intentionally abandoned three pit bull puppies on Albany railroad tracks in September 2012 knowing they were all physically injured. Two of the puppies, Hudson and Pearl survived, while a third died.
This case began with no leads and no information as to who abandoned the puppies on the railroad tracks. With community support and many people providing tips, the Albany Police Department was able to track down and identify Walker. A subsequent investigation by the Colonie Police Department also determined that he was responsible for leaving four other dogs in a trailer without adequate food, water or shelter almost leading to the death of one of the animals.
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