The discovery of two pets, left alone in an unheated apartment, prompted charges against a woman in Dover, New Hampshire. According to Thursday’s NH1, on December 2, a cat and dog were temporarily seized, and 34-year-old Mariah MacLeod was charged with animal cruelty after her pets were discovered inside of an unheated and unoccupied apartment in Somersworth.
According to Seacoast Online, the apartment had been the home of friend of MacLeod’s, but the friend was not living there when the pets were inside. Neighbors near the Second Street apartment had seen someone stopping in to feed the pets, but reached out to alert the authorities about the situation when the temperatures plunged.
MacLeod had opted to keep her pets at the vacant apartment because she had moved somewhere that her pets were not allowed. The authorities kept MacLeod’s pets until she paid her fine and was able to take her cat and dog in again – it is believed that the heat has been restored to the residence.
Staff at the Cocheco Valley Humane Society, in Dover, wants to remind pet owners that they are there to provide care for pets when emergencies happen.
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