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Dec 23, 2015 3:38 PM

UPDATE: Dozens of neglected animals from Sandown now in the care of the NH SPCA


STRATHAM - The New Hampshire SPCA is caring for dozens of animals seized following a police investigation into neglect.

The Field Services Division of the NHSPCA responded to a request to remove animals from a property in Sandown on Tuesday evening.

Police arrested Sharon Melanson, 42, for five counts of animal cruelty. Melanson willingly released 35 of the animals.

“This is a very sad situation,” said Lisa Dennison, executive director of the New Hampshire SPCA.

Melanson lost her son Christopher under tragic circumstances in October. The 9-year-old died, apparently from an enlarged heart, while walking to bring cookies to a friend.

The rescue includes four horses, six alpaca, six goats, one cat, three chickens and 14 ducks and geese. All are awaiting evaluation by a veterinarian.

"Without having a vet here, I can just say they look thin, maybe a couple hundred pounds on some of the horses. So it will take a bit of time before they're rehabilitated and ready (for adoption)," Dennison said.

The NHSPCA is asking for the public’s assistance in caring for this new group of rescued animals.

Their wish list includes:
-Monetary donations

If you would like to help with the cost of care and to help ensure their recovery, make a donation here.

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