Animal cruelty case moves toward trial

April 05, 2019 11:59 AM

TROY – Wearing red caps with the hashtag "Justice for the Hundred," a group of animal advocates chanted before the expected court appearance of David and Michelle Hempstead in City Court.

"They're going to trial and that was our main goal," said Marianne Harrington. "We want an example made out of the Hempsteads."

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David and Michelle Hempstead of Campbell Avenue are charged with 17 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty plus selling or exposing diseased animals.

"The public needs to know because the public has donated thousands, God bless them, thousands and thousands of dollars to Mohawk Hudson Humane Society to rehab these animals," Harrington said. "There's a lot involved. People have donated services."

The Rensselaer County District Attorney's office is not offering the couple a plea deal. The Hempsteads are charged under the state Ag & Markets Law.

NewsChannel 13 checked with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. All the animals in this case surrendered back in December have been adopted.

NewsChannel 13 checked with the attorneys of record for both Hempsteads – David Hempstead's attorney office David Marinucci said they had no comment; Michelle Hempstead's attorney John McFadden's office also confirmed he is still the attorney of record for her but also had no comment.

The case resumes in two weeks, April 18.


WNYT Staff

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