Couple charged with animal cruelty in chicken case

April 4, 2014

Last month 193 chickens were euthanized in a Plainville home, and this week the couple responsible for keeping the birds was arrested and faced animal cruelty charges.
Mary Honyak, 43, and Joseph Honyak, 51, both of 27 Emily Dr., New Britain were arrested on April 3 and both charged with cruelty to animals, illegal importation of live poultry and violation of quarantine order. Both individuals were held on a $25,000 bond and are schedule to appear in Bristol court on April 14.
In January, a motorist driving down North Washington Street in Plainville noticed a significant amount of smoke coming from a chimney located at 84 North Washington St. Plainville police and fire stopped at the home to inspect, where they ultimately found nearly 200 chickens inside and outside of the home, with several dead and incubators located in the basement. After investigation, it was determined that the Honyak’s were breeding the birds, however their home was not zoned for such activity and was ordered to be condemned. In March 193 birds were euthanized, as they were found to be diseased with Laryngotracheitis after being tested.
Throughout the process the Plainville Police Department was assisting with the State’s Department of Agriculture.

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