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Jul 16, 2015 12:37 PM

Rescued Ossippee animals recovering but in legal limbo


OSSIPEE - Animals rescued from the Sweet Paws Spa and Inn and the Sweet Tails Animal Rescue are recovering -- but they remain in legal limbo when it comes to adoption.

Virginia Moore, executive director of the Conway Area Humane Society, told the Union Leader her staff have cleaned up the animals in their care and given them a cursory examination. But she said, they can't do much more because the animals' owner has not yet surrendered legal custody, allowing the animals to be placed for adoption.

“They’re in limbo here until we get that word” she said.

The Conway Area Humane Society is caring for roughly half the animals rescued from what was described as deplorable conditions at the Center Ossipee spa and rescue. The rest are being cared for at the N.H. Humane Society in Laconia and the Lakes Region Humane Society in Ossipee.

Moore said that while the dogs and cats were extremely dirty and had parasites, they appear to be in sound health otherwise. Nearly all the animals are young, she said, which will make it easier to place them with new owners eventually.

The animals were fortunate to be rescued when they were, said Moore.

Ossipee Police Sgt. Bob King on Wednesday said he expects to “very soon” file charges against the owner, identified as Laurinda Miller.


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