State v. PeckAnnotate this Case
The State seized twenty-six cats in Defendant’s home and spent $36,800 to treat, house, and care for the cats. Defendant was ultimately convicted of cruelty to animals. Defendant was prohibited from owning any animals except two spayed or neutered cats and required to pay $18,000 in restitution to the State. The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s judgment, holding (1) the district court did not abuse its discretion in quashing a subpoena that would have compelled one of Defendant’s witnesses to testify; (2) Maine’s cruelty-to-animals statute is not unconstitutionally vague; and (3) there was sufficient evidence to sustain a finding of cruelty to animals and to support the district court’s restitution order.