Behler faces three animal cruelty charges, hearing set

Published 1:50 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Keysville resident arrested for two charges of animal cruelty and a charge of torturing an animal causing its death faces a hearing June 14 at the Lunenburg General District Court at 10:30 a.m.

According to court records, Nicole Hamlett Behler, of Keysville, was arrested on May 12 as a result of the charges but had been released on recognizance.

The charges include two counts of cruelty to animals, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and one count of torturing an animal causing death, a Class 6 felony, according to court records.

The offense allegedly took place April 20, court records indicate.

Lunenburg County Animal Control Officer D. Ray Elliott said he couldn’t comment on the pending case.

Robert Hawthorne, a defense attorney for Behler, also said he couldn’t comment on the case.