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Guilty Plea in Animal Cruelty Case

Posted on Dec 8, 2008 - 9:04 AM
Guilty Plea in Animal Cruelty Case

St. Johnsbury, Vermont - December 8, 2008
WCAX News

A Northeast Kingdom man is facing jail time for what police have called the worst case of animal abuse they have seen in Vermont.

Paul Harpin pleaded no contest to sixteen counts of animal cruelty. He will serve 90 days in jail, give up the right to own animals and pay restitution to the people who took in the pets after they were seized.

In August, police found dozens of living and dead animals, including 15 carcasses in a freezer at his home in Passumpsic. Police believe a dog was locked in the basement for four years. The surviving animals received medical treatment and have been placed with new owners.

Harpin's mother Pauline also lived in the home and she is charged as well.


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