NY 'zoo from hell' owner gets probation

August 12, 2009 1:40:47 PM PDT
A New Yorker convicted of animal cruelty has received three years of probation for running what a prosecutor called a "zoo from hell." Robert Everle (EH'-vur-lee) of West Haverstraw (HAV'-ur-straw) will do 450 hours of community service with an animal welfare group. A judge also has ordered him to pay a $13,000 fine and a $17,000 veterinarian's bill.

Everle was convicted in May of torturing, injuring and starving farm animals. He could have faced up to two years in jail. Everle kept more than 100 animals, including rabbits, puppies, kittens, sheep, rams, pigeons and ducks.

Defense attorney Richard Novick said Everle meant no harm and was never told what needed to be corrected at his property about 30 miles north of New York City.