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Mother and Son Deny Animal Cruelty Charges

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 - 7:21 AM
Mother and son deny animal cruelty charges

September 9, 2008

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt.A mother and son have pleaded not guilty to 20 charges of animal cruelty stemming from the discovery of dozens of dead and dying animals in their home.

Pauline Harpin, 70, and Paul Harpin, 41, were released Monday on the condition that they have no animals in their home, make an appointment to meet with a mental health counselor and allow periodic inspections of the house.

According to an affidavit, police visited the home in August after an animal control officer received a telephone call from Pauline Harpin's sister, reporting the alleged abuse.

Authorities rescued cats, ferrets, lizards and other animals. They also found a number of dead and decaying animals, including 15 frozen carcasses in the freezer.


Information from: The Caledonian-Record,

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