Woman faces animal cruelty charges after police find 21 living pets, 2 dead ones unattended at Exeter homeBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
February 16. 2018 5:28PM
EXETER - A Rochester woman is facing 20 counts of animal cruelty after authorities say they found nearly two dozen animals in her former Exeter home that appeared to have been abandoned.
Teresa L. Gordon, 36, turned herself in to police Friday following an investigation that began on Jan. 11 when the animals were discovered unattended inside a residence at 6 Wanda Lane.
According to police, a Rockingham County sheriff’s deputy showed up at the home as part of an eviction process and noticed the animals. Exeter Police Animal Control Officer Neal Jones was then notified and reported finding 10 cats, five rabbits, three gerbils, one guinea pig and two turtles.
A second guinea pig and a rabbit were also found dead. The other guinea pig that was found alive was later euthanized after all of the animals were brought to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Stratham.
Police said the homeowner reportedly had a plan in place for someone to care for the animals since Jan. 2, but they’re still investigating how the animals ended up in such conditions if someone was supposed to have been caring for them.
Steve Sprowl, the SPCA’s field services manager, said the animals were hungry when they arrived at the shelter and the cats and rabbits were thirsty. They were examined by a veterinarian and found to be thin and suffering from a flea infestation; some had ear mites.
Gordon was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the Brentwood Circuit Court on April 10.