Dec 2, 2014 4:20 PM

Portsmouth man accused of trying to strangle neighbors dog may face more charges

PORTSMOUTH - A man accused of trying to strangle his neighbor's dog could face another animal cruelty charge, police said Tuesday.

Roger Pelletier, 50, is accused of breaking into his neighbor's apartment and attacking her dog Oreo.

On Monday an animal control officer went to the apartment building to visit with the neighbor Jessie Angelli and take Pelletier's cat into custody, after he said in court that someone would have to take care of it.

The animal control officer found Pelletier's cat, who was "severely" matted, according to Police Capt. Frank Warchol.

Warchol said the cat was taken to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Stratham. The cat is being evaluated and police will then determine whether to file more charges.

Pelletier is charged with animal cruelty, burglary, and simple assault.

He is being held on $5,000 cash bail and has been ordered to stay away from Angelli, and the address on Rockland Street.

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