Monday, December 8
BRANDON - A lawyer says a family accusing of neglecting more than 100 domestic and farm animals had so many that they were unable to cope.

Peter Langrock, the Middlebury lawyer representing Suzanne Hegarty and her family, says the family had too soft a spot for their animals and ended up taking on more than could be provided adequate care.

The comments follow raids by Rutland County sheriff's deputies and volunteers on farms in Brandon and Hubbardton where the Hegartys had cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, doves, goats, Shetland ponies and roughly 60 horses.

An enforcement consultant with the Vermont Human Federation, says animal neglect cases are on the rise and are a sign of tough economic times.