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Hampton dog groomer charged after golden retriever dies in hot drying cage

Union Leader Correspondent

September 20. 2018 9:52AM

HAMPTON — Police in Hampton have arrested a dog groomer who allegedly killed a golden retriever when she left him unattended in a crate with a heating dryer blowing.

On Aug. 28, police received a complaint from dog owner Joanne Schwope, saying her five-year-old dog named Teddy died while being cared for at Mrs. Doolittle’s Bath House on Lafayette Road.

Sgt. Alex Reno said police conducted an investigation. After reviewing evidence and interviewing witnesses they applied for an arrest warrant for the owner of the dog grooming business.

Beth Bessemer, 57, of Hampton, turned herself in Wednesday and was charged with two alternative theory counts of cruelty to animals, both Class A misdemeanor offenses.

Police are alleging that on June 21, Bessemer negligently left Teddy in a crate without sustenance or care for an extended period of time at her business, causing him to die.

Reno said extreme heat from the dryer was a factor in Teddy’s death.

“She left the dog inside the drying cage with a noose around his neck,” Reno said.

Bessemer was released on personal recognizance bail. She is to have no contact with other people’s pets.

Bessemer is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 30 at Seabrook Circuit Court.

Attempts to reach Bessemer were not immediately successful. The message for an answering machine at Mrs. Doolittle’s has not yet been changed.

Anyone who has information about this incident or others involving pets in Bessemer’s care are asked to call Hampton police at 929-4444. Anonymous tips can be made through the Crimeline by texting the word CRIMES (274637) with the keyword Hamptons.

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