Aug 29, 2015 11:30 AM
Owner of Sweet Paws pleads not guilty on animal cruelty charges
OSSIPEE - The head of the Sweet Paws Spa and Sweet Tails Animal Rescue has entered a not guilty plea on charges of animal cruelty, according to the Laconia Citizen.
Laurinda R. Miller, 51, of Ossipee, faces 21 counts of animal cruelty after police, following a tip, say they found 59 dogs and 11 cats living in filthy conditions without adequate food or water in July.
Two dozen of the dogs were taken in by the New Hampshire Humane Society in Laconia. The Lakes Region Humane Society in Ossipee is caring for 10 of the dogs, and 22 dogs and cats are being sheltered by the Conway Area Humane Society.
Miller is currently free on $2,000 personal recognizance bail on the condition she have no animals in her custody. Public Defender Mary Weber has been appointed to represent Miller.
The property where Miller has lived for the past nine years is currently in foreclosure, according to records at the Carroll County Registry of Deeds.
The criminal charges pending against Miller are each Class A misdemeanors potentially punishable by a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. A person convicted of animal cruelty can also be ordered to pay the costs of boarding and treating the animals pending disposition of the case, as well as be restricted from future animal ownership.