Woman pleads not guilty after dog found in unoccupied house

Malnourished dog found alone in ‘squalid’ kitchen of unoccupied home – owner pleads not guilty

The owner of a dog, who was found living in squalid conditions in the kitchen of an unoccupied home, has pleaded not guilty to the cruelty charges associated with the heartbreaking situation. As reported by the Union Leader, 20-year-old Alexa M. Cho, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, entered the not guilty plea this week after being arrested earlier this month.

The alleged abuse

Cho’s dog, a German shepherd named Turbo, was found alone inside of the kitchen of a house at 17 Sycamore Drive, Merrimack, in late July. Officers who responded to the home noted that the dog was “extremely malnourished,” and noted that the area where the dog was found was covered in urine and feces, and there was no food or water available.

Police stated, “The residence appeared to not have been lived in for several months and there was grave concern for the condition of Turbo.” There is speculation that the dog had been living in the house alone since 2018.

The neglected dog

Turbo was taken in by the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire – Cho has since surrendered custody of the dog. The dog is receiving “significant’ veterinary care and is not currently available for adoption.

Cho is due in court on October 3.


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