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Claremont police arrest pet owners after 14 cats found stuffed into one pet carrier

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent

November 22. 2017 7:44PM
Two people are charged with animal cruelty after their 14 cats were found stuffed into a medium size pet carrier outside in the cold, early this month. (COURTESY)



CLAREMONT — Two people are charged with animal cruelty after their 14 cats were found stuffed inside a pet carrier and left outside in the cold.

One of the cats was dead and another had to be euthanized, said Cheryl Bromley, the volunteer director at Sullivan County Humane Society in Claremont.

All of the cats were covered with feces and soaked in blood and urine, she said.

Dwaine Lord, 64, and Crystal Lamonda, 42, both of Tremont Street in Claremont, were each charged with 14 counts of cruelty to animals.

Claremont police responded to a report of animal neglect on Tremont Street on Nov. 12.

“Somebody called them about hearing cats crying and police responded and found them and knocked on the door and the people said ‘Yes, those are my cats,’” Bromley said.

According to Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase, officers found a small pet carrier outside containing 14 cats.

Bromley said she was told by police that the pair had been in upstate New York, but had recently moved to Claremont, where they had lived previously.

They could not have cats at their new home in Claremont, according to Bromley.

Lord and Lamonda were both to appear Jan. 8 at 8:30 a.m. in Claremont District Court. 

Bromley said the cats were severely dehydrated and appeared underweight; most were not spayed or neutered.

“They are very, very skinny,” she said.

The cats have been de-fleaed and de-wormed, Bromley said. They will all be spayed and neutered once they are strong enough, Bromley said.

“Fortunately, a wonderful foster home stepped up and said she would take them all,” Bromley said. 

The surviving 12 cats, estimated to be between 2 and 4, are “receiving warmth, and love and attention from their foster mom,” she said.

Bromley said none of the cats will be adopted out during the criminal proceedings since they are all evidence in the animal cruelty case. 

In the meantime, the Sullivan County Humane Society is asking for donations to help with the veterinary care.

The care of one cat, Miracle, cost $2,200, Bromley said. Miracle got her name because volunteers thought she was dead.

“She was face down in feces, but when the volunteer pulled her out of the carrier she let out a small cry,” Bromley said.

She was rushed into emergency veterinary care, but had to be euthanized due to neurological damage caused by severe dehydration.

Claremont police are asking anyone with information about the case to call them at 603-542-9538.

The Sullivan County Humane Society is raising money to help pay the expenses for 14 cats found stuffed into a medium-sized pet carrier. (COURTESY)

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Donations can be made directly to the Humane Society’s veterinarian, Springfield Animal Hospital. 

To make a payment to the animal hospital call 802-885-2505 or mail a check, denoting the SCHS abandoned 14 in the memo line, to Springfield Animal Hospital 346 River St., Springfield VT 05156.

Checks can be mailed to SCHS at P.O. Box 111 Claremont NH 03743, or via PayPal using sullivanhumane@hotmail.com. 

There is also a gofundme account online at https://www.gofundme.com/abandoned-14-medical-fund.

mpierce@newstote.com


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