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Plaistow woman faces new indictments in dog torture

Union Leader Correspondent

February 19. 2012 11:05PM


BRENTWOOD - A Plaistow woman accused of force feeding two of her ex-boyfriend's dogs a variety of metal objects is facing a new round of indictments after a judge threw out evidence against her in November.

A grand jury indicted Jamie Labbe, 33, of a single count of criminal mischief and four counts of attempted cruelty to animals in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Labbe allegedly made two German Shepherds ingest pipes, bolts, a cigarette lighter and metal clamps between last February and April 5, causing one of the dogs to die, according to prosecutors.

The new round of charges come months after a judge decided to throw out statements that Labbe made to police.

All of the new charges are felonies, punishable by up to 3 to 7 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine.

Defense lawyers argued statements Labbe made to police were made only after she repeatedly asked for a lawyer during an interview with Sandown police.

Judge John Lewis decided the statements could not be used.

Defense lawyer Tom Gleason said in a court filing that Labbe did not want to make a statement to police, and her requests for a lawyer were ignored.

'The reason I eventually gave a statement to the police was because I believed that if I didn't admit to some wrongdoing, whether true or not, I would not be admitted bail and I would be going to jail,' Jamie Labbe said in a sworn affidavit.

Lewis agreed with the defense after hearing testimony at a hearing Oct. 13, according to court documents.

Police say that Labbe tortured the two dogs belonging to her boyfriend - allegedly causing one to die from its injuries - 'because he pays more attention to the dogs than her,' Sandown police Cpl. John J. Sable wrote in an affidavit.

Labbe's boyfriend at the time, Kurt Kohn of Sandown, called police once he realized what had happened, according to police.

One of the dogs, named Pebbles, died of internal injuries while the other dog, Magic, was seriously injured, according to indictments.

Labbe will be arraigned on the new charges March 1 in superior court.

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