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Not-guilty pleas entered in cat abuse case in Claremont

Union Leader Correspondent

January 09. 2018 11:35PM
Neglected cats at the center of an animal abuse case have been recovering in a Claremont foster home. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Correspondent)

CLAREMONT — A man and a woman accused of animal cruelty involving 14 cats had pleas of not guilty entered on their behalf by Claremont District Court Judge John Yazinski Monday.

Dwaine Lord, 64, and Crystal Lamonda, 42, both of Tremont Street in Claremont, were each charged with 14 counts of cruelty to animals.

Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase said Yazinski entered the pleas at their arraignment and ordered the pair not to have any pets in their care. Lord and Lamonda are currently free on $1,000 personal recognizance each.

On Nov. 12, police responded to Tremont Street and found 14 cats stuffed inside a medium-sized pet carrier. It appeared the animals had been left outside overnight in the freezing cold. One of the cats was dead inside the carrier; another had to be euthanized days later.

The cats were taken to the Sullivan County Humane Society in Claremont. Lori Caouette of Claremont stepped forward to foster the 12 cats in her home; the society’s shelter was at its 40-cat capacity.

The 12 surviving rescued cats are thriving in their foster home, putting on weight and receiving regular veterinary care, including spaying and neutering.

The humane society obtained full custody of the cats from Lord and Lamonda in November and was waiting until after Monday’s arraignment to begin adopting the cats out to area homes.

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