Troy, NY –Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly announced today Joshua Mears, 31, of
Hoosick Falls was sentenced to ten months in Rensselaer County Jail after his plea of guilty in connection with
an October 2020 Aggravated Cruelty to Animals charge, a class E Felony, in violation of section 353-a, of the
Agriculture and Markets Law of the State of New York.
Mears pleaded guilty on June 1st. In addition to jail time, he has a five year order preventing animal ownership,
an eight year order of protection for the victim and an eight year order of protection for the witnesses, as well as
fees and surcharges.
Mears was indicted on intentionally killing a kitten on October 29, 2020.
“This case is one of the reasons why I drafted a local law to the Rensselaer County Legislature to include
individuals like this on a county animal abuse registry,” said District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly. “The
Rensselaer County legislature has the opportunity to prevent animal abusers from owning animals in the future.
Unfortunately people who have abused animals in the past are likely to do so in the future, and studies show
that there is a near-100% recidivism rate for certain types of animal abuse.”
Assistant District Attorney, Nicholas Dorando prosecuted the case