Police arrest man for killing cat, assaulting Laconia woman
LACONIA - A man is facing charges of assault and animal cruelty after shoving his girlfriend and allegedly killing her cat.
Police told NH1 News, that Donald Dube shoved his girlfriend and - in a fit of rage - picked up the 2-week-old kitten and threw it against the wall, killing it instantly.
But some who know Dube said he was innocent.
“(There's a) possibility he might have stepped on the kitten because they don’t have lights, I do know that for a fact,” said Barbara Moore, the victim’s neighbor.
“I just don’t believe Don would do this," she said. "He always respects me, and he always tries to pet my dogs.”
Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law about this time last year that protects pets from such abuse.
Under that law, victims who are facing abuse can place restraining orders on their abusers or the pet’s abuser and can gain sole rights or custody of the animal.
In this case, Dube’s girlfriend filed a restraining order to protect herself but her cat - or any other pets - are not listed on that restraining order.
Dube was scheduled to be arraigned Friday.