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Town Orders Cruelty Suspects to Clean up House

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 - 9:53 AM
August 29, 2008
Burlington Free Press

Town orders cruelty suspects to clean up house

The Associated Press

PASSUMPSIC — A mother and son charged in an animal cruelty case have been ordered to clean up their home, where authorities found dozens of dead and dying animals amid fleas and maggots.

The emergency health order was issued by the Town of Barnet, ordering Pauline Harpin, 70, and Paul Harpin, 41, to remove garbage and enlist an exterminator.

Earlier this month, authorities rescued cats, ferrets and other animals from the Harpins’ home, where they found at least 15 cats and kittens in varying stages of decomposition. The animals had been denied food and medical care.

The Harpins were both charged with animal cruelty, which is punishable by up to $2,000 in fines and a year in jail. They are due in Vermont District Court on Sept. 8.

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