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Nov 20, 2015 11:48 AM

7 dogs at Humane Society awaiting outcome of cruelty case against their Ossipee owner

OSSIPEE - Seven dogs rescued from a former Ossipee animal boarding and grooming business can't be given adoptive homes while animal cruelty charges are pending against their owner.

According to the Laconia Citizen, the dogs will remain in the care of the Lakes Region Humane Society.

The case against Laurinda Miller, 51, of Ossipee, was scheduled to go to trial this week until the state requested and was granted a last-minute continuance.

Miller, who ran the Sweet Paws Pet Spa and Sweet Tails Animal Rescue, remains free on $2,000 personal recognizance bail on condition she not have custody of any animals. She faces 21 counts of animal cruelty after more than 60 pets were seized from her care after they were found living in filthy conditions.

Miller surrendered most of the animals, allowing them to be adopted, but has not done so for these seven dogs that she considers her own.

Ossipee Police Sgt. Robert King said during the hearing that the town has paid the Lakes Region Humane Society about $22,000 to cover the cost for medical treatment and room and board for the dogs.

Public Defender Justin Littlefield has filed a motion to suppress evidence allegedly seized by police when they raided Miller's former pet boarding and grooming facility.

“This has been blown way out of proportion,” Littlefield told Judge Edwin Kelley.

Littlefield asked that the adoption of these dogs be stayed until the case against Miller is resolved.

Both sides said they expected to call about a dozen witnesses each to testify at trial and predicted that the trial will last at least four or five hours.

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