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Farmington police: Man slit goats' throats, faces felonies

Union Leader Correspondent

October 26. 2016 11:32AM

FARMINGTON — A man who police allege slit the throats of two goats faces up to 14 years in prison on animal cruelty charges.

Police said Whitney Nelson, 64, was living at a residential inn at 119 Central St. when he killed the owner’s goats Aug. 7.

Nelson was indicted on the charges by a Strafford County grand jury this month.

Police Chief John Drury said Wednesday the inn’s owner is allowed to have small farm animals on the property because it is in an agricultural zone. The owner also keeps sheep and other pets.

Drury said police seized the weapon allegedly used to commit the crimes and the owner was able to keep the animals.

Police are not often called to the inn, Drury said.

“It can be a tough place. But the owner keeps it under control,” Drury said.

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