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Apr 20, 2016 3:08 PM

Trial starts for Ossipee woman accused of animal abuse in filthy kennel conditions

OSSIPEE — During the first trial in the case against a Carroll County woman facing 21 counts of animal cruelty while operating her former dog boarding and grooming business, multiple witnesses - including a police detective, testified.

Laurinda Miller, 51, is accused of 21 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after authorities executed a search warrant at her then-business Sweet Paws Spa & Inn and Sweet Tails Animal Rescue at 1800 Route 16 in Ossipee, in July 2015. She is accused of failing to provide sustenance and shelter for 60 dogs and 11 cats kept at Sweet Paws.

According to the Laconia Citizen, Ossipee Police Detective Sgt. Robert King testified that the majority of the 55 to 60 dogs at the facility were being housed in kennels - some in cages, where water and food bowls were overturned and contained yellow-tinged water which he believed was most likely tainted with animal waste.

"There was fecal matter on every square inch of floor, nothing you could step on or around to avoid it," said Sgt. King. "It absolutely blanketed the facility."

Multiple other witnesses also testified against Miller making the same type of allegations as Sgt. King.

On the other side, Jason Sanderson who was an archbishop, acted as a witness for the defense saying "she (Miller) took as good a care of my animals as I did."

The trial is set to resume Friday morning.

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