Police: NH man facing animal cruelty charges after pepper spraying dog
EXETER — A man is now facing animal cruelty charges after reportedly pepper spraying the neighbors dog.
Lawrence Cluley 38, of Seabrook excessively pepper sprayed a Huskey while the dog was still in its own yard, police said.
Police said that Cluley used an entire 4 ounce can of Police OC-17 Magnum brand Pepper Spray on the dog. Exeter police found this to be an overly excessive amount due to the fact that police carry 1.8 ounces cans and are trained to use it in 1-3 second bursts.
The dog's owner reported that when she approached Cluley, he threatened to spray her as well, police said.
Officers said that the dog's face was orange with red blistering lips. The dog reportedly suffered an infection in the mouth and is not eating normally, police said.
After being taken to the vet, the dog was given pain killers and antibiotics and is recovering.
Cluley turned himself in on an active arrest warrant on May 19, police said.
Cluley is charged with cruelty to animals and criminal threatening charges and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 3.