Two Charged in Animal Neglect Case
Charged with 14 Counts of Cruelty to Animals
On November 12, the Claremont Police responded to a report of animal neglect on Tremont Street. “Upon arrival, Claremont Police located 14 cats that were in a small pet carrier,” said Chief Mark Chase. “The cats were outside, and the health and welfare of the cats was very concerning for the officers.” The officers seized the cats and investigated who the owners of the cats were. The cats were then transported to the Sullivan County Humane Society to be fed and cared for. The health of all the cats was also evaluated. One of the cats located in the carrier was found to have died, and one other cat had to be transported for emergency treatment.
Claremont Police have charged Dwaine Lord, 64, Claremont, NH, and Crystal Lamonda, 42, also of Claremont, in the case. Lord and Lamonda were identified as the owners and care takers of the cats, said Chase. They each have been charged with 14 counts of Cruelty to Animals, RSA 644:8. They were both given the court date of January 8, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in Claremont District Court.
The Claremont Police Department continues to work with the Sullivan County Humane Society for the care of the cats in this case.
“If anyone has any information about this incident, we would ask that they call Claremont Police at 603-542-9538,” said Chase.