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News stories regarding animal cruelty cases in New Hampshire.
12 Dogs Seized From 'Hoarding' Conditions
March 30, 2023
Pope Memorial Humane Society - Cocheco Valley recently took into custody 12
dogs, including three 2-week-old puppies.
Domesticated Rats Discarded at Side of Road
March 29, 2023
About 30 domesticated hooded rats were released on the side of the road in Barnstead.
Cats Found in a Foreclosed Home
March 10, 2023
Couple arrested who moved out of a house, leaving over a dozen cats inside without any care.
Man Arrested in Connection with Death of Puppy
February 18, 2023
A Manchester man was arrested in connection with the death of a 5-month-old puppy.
NH SPCA Rescues Neglected Dog Living in Squalor
January 27, 2023
The New Hampshire SPCA assisted the Barrington Police Department in the removal of a severely neglected dog from a home.
State Trooper and Dog Trainer Rescue Abandoned Dog
January 24, 2023
Two facing cruelty charges after abandoning dog on a bridge.
Dozens of Animals Removed From a Home
December 8, 2022
70 pets seized from Claremont home are expected to survive.
Manchester Man Charged with Animal Cruelty in Death of 10- week Old Puppy
November 10, 2022
Jose DeJesus Claudio, 49,was arrested after a woman brought the puppy to the Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester that was whining and yelping loudly and appeared to be having seizures.
Cruelty Suspect's Lawyer Wants Statement Tossed
November 7, 2022
A Wolfeboro man who was indicted on 12 counts of animal cruelty has asked a judge to throw out statements made to police.
- 27 Dogs Removed From Home Due to Inhumane Conditions
October 18, 2022
27 Labrador retrievers were removed from Swansey breeder do to "deplorable" conditions, according to the Monadnock Humane Society.
- Man Charged with Arson and Animal Cruelty
July 19, 2022
A Manchester man is facing several charges after police say he intentionally started a fire in his apartment.
New Hampshire law changes help wild critters, cats, canines
July 28, 20921
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed three bills aimed at protecting not just canines but cats and wild critters as well.
Man Gets 7 Years
July 14, 2021
Christopher Vincent pleads guilty to animal cruelty and arson charges for burning down a chicken coop.
Wolfeboro Man Charged in Cat Deaths
July 6, 2021
A Wolfeboro man has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly killing four kittens and leaving their remains near a walking path.
NH SPCA Rescues Animals from Two Neglect Cases
April 13, 2021
The New Hampshire SPCA Field Services Division recently rescued more than sixty rabbits from a home in Farmington as well as five horses and a mule from a residence in Pittsfield.
Christina Fay To Start Paying
March 4, 2021
Christina Fay who was convicted of animal cruelty must start paying over $2 million in restitution and fines.
Man Accused of Leaving Severed Rabbit Heads
February 17, 2021
Man accused of leaving severed rabbit heads on woman's car surrenders.
Man indicted in Londonderry Dog Stabbing
February 16, 2021
A Massachusetts man is facing felony cruelty charges for allegedly stabbing a dog in the head.
Great Dane Owner May Have Sentencing Imposed Next Month
February 3, 2021
Christina Fay, the former Wolfeboro resident convicted on 17 counts of animal cruelty, is due in Carroll County Superior Court next month for imposition of sentencing.
Bartlett Man Charged With Animal Cruelty
December 22, 2020
Police have charged a Bartlett man with animal cruelty and reckless driving after he was seen forcing a large dog to walk behind a pickup.
Hooksett Man Accused of Killing Girlfriend's Cat
December 14, 2020
A Hooksett man is facing domestic violence and cruelty charges.
Man Accused of Throwing 7-Week- old Kitten Against Car
December 14, 2020
A man is facing a cruelty to animal charge after allegedly throwing a kitten against a parked car.
Man Accused of Killing Girlfriend's Cat
December 13, 2020
A Hooksett man is facing domestic violence and animal cruelty charges.
Supreme Court Rules Against Great Dane Owner
December 2, 2020
The NH Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of Christina Fay on 17 counts of Animal Cruelty.
Hampton Woman Charged With Cruelty
June 15, 2020
A Hampton woman was charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty by Hampton Police.
Man Suspected of Starving Dog to Death Arrested
March 4, 2020
Michael Jouvelakas, the man being sought on charges he starved a dog to death, has turned himself in, according to Rochester police.
Supreme Court Hears Fay Appeal
February 13, 2020
Fay's lawyer argued before New Hampshire's highest court that her convictions should be overturned.
Oral Arguments in Christina Fay Case Postponed
January 8, 2020
Oral arguments in Christina Fay's animal cruelty conviction appeal in New Hampshire's State Supreme Court have been delayed until next month.
New Hampshire Couple Facing Animal Cruelty Charges
January 8, 2020
Town officials discovered a severely malnourished dog and dog carcass in a house in the town of Raymond.
Charges Dropped In Dog Left In Hot Car
December 18, 2019
Charges have been dismissed against a Hampton Falls man who left his girlfriend's dog in a car while he shopped.
Adoption Party for Dogs Seized in Marlborough
November 24, 2019
Dozens of dogs seized from a Marlborough man are now starting a new chapter of their lives.
US Senate Unanimously Passes Bill That Makes Animal Cruelty a Federal Felony
November 6, 2019
The PACT Act – which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture – was approved by the Senate on Tuesday.
Cat Killing Can Be Used to Judge Murder Suspect's Truthfulness
October 30, 2019
A jury will likely hear that the defendant lied to police about killing a cat more than a decade ago.
NHSPCA Can Finally Put 28 German Shepherds Up For Adoption
October 2, 2019
Jennifer Choate, 50, is scheduled to plead no contest to two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty Oct. 11 in Grafton County Superior Court as part of a negotiated plea deal.
KHS Football Players Punished for Killing Duck
September 4, 2019
Between three and six Kennett Eagles will be suspended for up to three games for their involvement in the killing of a duck while at football camp last month.
Kayakers Rescue Rabbit
July 8, 2019
A juvenile is expected to face animal cruelty charges after a rabbit was rescued from the Lamprey River.
Woman Shoved Dog Into Lake
June 16, 2019
A NH woman is charged with shoving her dog off a dock and watching it drown.
Bradford Police Seize 105 Canines from Owners
June 14, 2019
Bradford police are investigating if cruelty and neglect charges are warranted against a yet-to-be-named individual.
Middleton Man Denies Starving Dogs
May 23, 2019
A Middleton man previously convicted of animal cruelty claims charges are false
Charge Against Durham Dog Breeder Dropped
May 8, 2019
Eighteen dogs came back to Silverhall Cocker Spaniels
Judge Sets Restitution Lower Than Requested
April 21, 2019
Man convicted of cruelty won't go to jail.
Mistrial on German Shepherd Cruelty Case
April 9, 2019
Jury delivered a split verdict finding dog breeder not guilty of two charges and deadlocking on the remaining 24.
Man found Guilty of Animal Cruelty
February 22, 2019
A Marlborough man was found guilty Friday of animal cruelty, nearly eight months after more than 50 animals were taken from him.
Cocker Owners are Concerned For Their Dogs >
February 13, 2019
Champion breeders say they are concerned about the welfare of their dogs.
18 Cocker Spaniels Seized in Durham >
February 12, 2019
Eighteen cocker spaniels were seized from a house in Durham because they showed signs of neglect, police said.
Couple Pleads Guilty to 15 Counts of Animal Cruelty
February 5, 2019
A former New Hampton couple pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay thousands of dollars in restitution.
Derry Man Pleads Guilty of Cruelty for Failing to Get Help for Cat
February 5, 2019
Patrick Hueber, 36, was given a 1-year deferred jail sentence, must perform 40 hours of community service and pay $1,200 in restitution.
Animal Rescue Farm Owner Accused of Neglecting Horses
February 1, 2019
Langdon woman arrested on 4 counts of Animal Cruelty.
Portsmouth Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charges
January 13, 2019
A city man faces three charges of cruelty to animals after a witness recorded video of the alleged incidents.
Man Accused of Slicing Dog's Throat
December 18, 2018
Gerard Bosse was indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury this month on one count of cruelty to animals
Deering Woman Arrested for Animal Cruelty
December 6, 2018
Deering police arrested Bethany Jewell, 39, after concluding an investigation into the abuse and neglect of horses and oxen in her care.
Most Dogs From Marlborough Case in Temporary Homes
October 12, 2018
The Monadnock Humane Society has found temporary homes for 42 of the 52 Labrador retrievers.
Pet Groomer Charged in Dog's Death
September 20, 2018
Hampton Police charged a local pet groomer with animal cruelty after a dog died while in her care in June.
Judge Allows Marlborough Man's Dogs to be Fostered
August 24, 2018
A judge has ruled that more than 50 dogs removed from a Marlborough man's home in an animal-cruelty case may be placed in foster care.
Marlborough Man Faces Additional Cruelty Charges
August 22, 2018
Man accused of neglecting 52 Labrador retrievers faces new charges as a judge considers whether the dogs can live in temporary foster homes for the duration of the case.
Fay Great Danes Headed for New Homes
August 1, 2018
More than a year after being rescued from squalid conditions inside a gated mansion, the Great Danes seized from Christina Fay are being adopted into forever homes.
Fay Appeals Case to State Supreme Court
July 23, 2018
Christina Fay, the woman sentenced in Carroll County Superior Court last month after being convicted of 17 counts of animal cruelty, has appealed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
German Shepherd Cruelty Case Goes to Jury Trial
July 19, 2018
Jennifer Choate pleads guilty and is seeking a direct appeal to Grafton County Superior Court for a jury trial.
Re-homing of Great Danes Begins
June 21, 2018
Humane Society of the United States is now working to match the dogs with loving, proper homes.
Fay Appeals Sentence Again
June 14, 2018
Christina Fay has decided she would be appealing to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and most of the sentences will have to be stayed until then.
Great Dane Owner To Serve At Least A Month In Jail
May 11, 2018
A Carroll County Superior Court judge Friday sentenced Christina Fay to at least a month in jail.
Cat Killer Receives 3-6 Year Sentence
April 25, 2018
Defense Attorney claimed George Abbott killed his cat as a sacrifice to God.
Fay Guilty Again - In Jury Trial >
March 12, 2018
A Carroll County Superior Court jury found Christina Fay guilty on each of 17 charges of animal cruelty.
Bristol Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Cruelty Charges
January 23, 2018
Jennifer Choate has pleaded not guilty to five charges of animal cruelty, including to leaving 29 German shepherd dogs inside an unoccupied structure with heat lamps attached to the cages that caused a fire that killed all of them in December.
22 German Shepherds Seized From Barn
January 3, 2018
Jennifer Choate is charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty, one for each dog, found living in an Alexandria barn with no heat or fresh water.
Fay Sentenced to 12 Months Suspended
December 21, 2017
Fay is allowed to keep one dog, must pay restitution.
Man Facing Animal Cruelty Charges for Choking, Punching Dog
December 19, 2017
A New Hampshire man has been accused of choking and punching his dog as he was trying to get the animal into his car.
Great Dane Owner Guilty on 10 Counts of Animal Cruelty
December 12, 2017
"The conditions in which these dogs were kept constitutes cruelty", the judge said.
14 Cats in Found Crammed in Crate
November 24, 2017
Police in Claremont have accused two people of cramming 14 cats into a medium-sized dog crate left outside a house. One of the cats was found dead and a second has since died.
Animal cruelty trail of Christina Fay of Wolfeboro wrapped up in Ossipee'’'s Circuit Court'.'
November 15, 2017
The trial, overseen by Circuit Judge Charles Greenhalgh, started Oct. 16 and ran five days through Oct. 24. It then picked up for a final day Tuesday, November 14.
Manchester woman charged with cruelty after ferret found burned in oven
November 8, 2017
A Manchester woman was charged with a felony animal cruelty, after firefighters found a pet ferret burned to death inside the oven where she was living.
A Bartlett veterinarian and her vet tech will not have to testify in the animal cruelty case of Christina Fay
October 24, 2017
A Bartlett veterinarian and her vet tech will not have to testify in the animal cruelty case of Christina Fay, a judge ruled Tuesday in day five of the trial. Meanwhile, the defense is asking the judge to dismiss the charges against Fay.
Concord woman convicted of neglecting horses begins prison sentence
October 11, 2017
Joanie Osgood, 59, was taken into custody following a brief hearing in Merrimack County Superior Court, where she did not oppose a county prosecutor’s motion to impose the sentence first handed down in 2015.
Police say man used a stun gun on his own dog.
Police say man used a stun gun on his own dog
October 25, 2017
A New Hampshire man is facing animal cruelty charges after police said he used a stun gun on his own dog.
Attorney calls woman who had dogs seized 'attentive' owner as she faces more charges
August 31, 2017
Christina Fay, previously accused of two misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty after police found 84 Great Dane dogs living in squalor in her $1.5 million dollar mansion back in June, is now facing a dozen more animal cruelty charges.
Croydon Woman Sentenced for Animal Cruelty
August 24, 2017
A Croydon woman found guilty of animal cruelty will serve six months in the Sullivan County House of Corrections nine months after 21 chihuahuas and a cat living in poor conditions were removed from a property on Pine Hill Road.
Sununu Re-establishes Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals
August 17, 2017
Staff and volunteers with the state's animal welfare groups crowded the front lawn at the police station on Thursday to watch Gov. Chris Sununu pen an executive order that many of those in attendance view as a solid step toward helping curb animal cruelty.
Accused Wolfeboro Great Dane Owner Wants Dogs Back Under Her Control
August 11, 2017
Christina Fay, the Wolfeboro woman charged in June with abusing 75 Great Danes found in her home, claims the dogs were "seized, not rescued" by law enforcement, her attorney said.
Veterinarian Linked to Abused Wolfeboro Great Danes
August 5, 2017
While officials examine evidence they believe proves a woman abused dozens of Great Danes and operated an illegal business in her Wolfeboro mansion, the town's police chief said this week his department will begin looking into whether others were involved in the alleged crime, including at least one veterinarian.
Trial date set in trash-filled home case
July 31, 2017
A trial date has been set for a local woman who was vacated from her home in June after code enforcement and police officers found nine months worth of trash and animal feces covering its floors.
Bradley to File Animal Cruelty Legislation
July 27, 2017
State Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) intends to file legislation aimed at preventing animal cruelty cases like the one last month in which dozens of Great Danes were seized.
Arrests Made in Deering Horse Neglect Case
June 28, 2017
Two people have been charged in connection to a horse neglect case in Deering.
Chichester Farm Takes in Four Rescued Horses from Deering
June 22, 2017
The last of four hourses - newly named Solstice - was ushed out of te back of its trailer, its gray, matted hair covered in filth.
16-year-old Worker: Maggots Poured from Box of Chicken at NH Mansion Where 84 Dogs Rescued
June 20, 2017
Employees of the woman arrested for animal cruelty against over 80 Great Danes reveal the "deplorable" conditions the dogs lived in and they worked in.
Man Facing Animal Cruelty Charges for Pepper Spraying Dog in New Hampshire
June 12, 2017
A New Hampshire man is facing charges in connection with pepper spraying his neighbor's dog last month.
SPCA says horse rescued with dozens of other animals will need surgery
June 8, 2017
A 12-year-old horse that was one of 50 animals rescued during an animal cruelty investigation and brought to the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will need to undergo costly surgery to fix her contracted tendons that make walking difficult.
84 Great Danes rescued from 'suspected puppy mill'
June 17, 2017
A Wolfeboro woman has been charged with animal cruelty after 84 Great Danes were taken from two properties as part of what the Humane Society is calling a "suspected puppy mill."