Loudoun Pet Boarder Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

A Leesburg-area man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of animal cruelty in connection with an Aug 30 dog attack that occurred at the boarding facility he operated at his home.

Loudoun County animal wardens conducted the investigation after a call from residents who said their dog was attacked by another dog at the Howl of a Good Time boarding facility. The investigation found that a large dog owned by Patrick G. Hagerty, the operator of the business, had attacked and injured a smaller dog being boarded there. Investigators ruled that Hagerty did not seek timely treatment from a veterinarian, putting the smaller dog’s life in danger. The dog’s injuries were infected by the time it received treatment. The dog did recover.

Hagerty, 30, was charged with failure to provide veterinary care by a boarding facility and animal cruelty, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Hagerty failed to appear for his Oct. 25 trial in Loudoun County General District Court and the case was continued to Dec.  20. This week, Hagerty pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced to six months in jail with all six months suspended. Hagerty was also banned from owning any dogs, other than his current two dogs, for one year. The ban also states that Hagerty may not have contact with companion animals for one year. He also was ordered to pay $2,493 in restitution to the owners of the attacked dog. The charge for failure to provide veterinary care by a boarding facility was dismissed.

Hagerty was a 2013 candidate for the 33rd District seat in the House of Delegates, running as a Libertarian. Loudoun District Court records show he has faced more than 20 misdemeanor criminal charges since 2009, ranging from assault and intoxication charges to kennel and motor vehicle violations.

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