Nov 28, 2014 2:50 PM

Police say Portsmouth man tried to strangle neighbor's dog

PORTSMOUTH - Police arrested a man accused of trying to harm his neighbor's dog.

Roger Pelletier, of 236 Rockland St., forced his way into a neighbor's apartment at Portsmouth Apartments and tried to strangle a Shih-Tzu named "Oreo," police said.

Pelletier said he was upset with the animal's constant barking, police said.

Once inside the apartment, Pelletier attempted to strangle the dog and the dog's owner tried to stop him, police said.

Pelletier was bitten several times by Oreo, but the dog's owner was not injured, police said.

The dog is being examined by a veterinarian, police said.

Pelletier is charged with burglary, a Class B felony; cruelty to animals, a Class B felony; and simple assault, a misdemeanor.

Pelletier is being held on $5,000 cash and $5,000 personal recognizance bail.

Pelletier is being held att he Rockingham County Correctional Facility and is scheduled to be arraigned at Portsmouth district court Monday at 8 a.m.


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