DOVER — A Middleton man with a history of animal abuse has been indicted on charges he starved his dogs, resulting in the death of two of the animals.
Police say Albert Colburn, 79, of Route 153, failed to provide adequate sustenance for a dog known as “Magic Mike,” who was malnourished when authorities found him Feb. 21.
A dog named “Black Velvet” and a dog with an unknown name died from starvation, according to paperwork filed in Strafford County Superior Court.
Colburn was indicted on three counts of animal cruelty May 16.
Court records show this isn’t the first time Colburn was accused of purposely harming animals.
On June 23, 2010, Colburn was convicted of 11 counts of animal cruelty in Rochester district court. He was banned from owning or caring for animals for three years as part of Judge Susan Ashley’s ruling.
Court records filed at the time show there were a number of deceased animals on Colburn’s property when rescue workers arrived. Veterinarian Deme Erickson wrote that his pigs were maintaining their weight by eating the body parts of dead animals around the yard.
“In all my years of being a veterinarian, I really have difficulty describing the deplorable living conditions for the animals and Mr. Colburn that was observed on that day,” Erickson wrote, describing extreme hoarding conditions.
New Hampshire SPCA had Colburn voluntarily surrender seven dogs, three horses, two llamas, two peacocks, two potbellied pigs, three piglets and five ducks as part of the 2010 investigation.
Middleton police sent the case directly to the Strafford County Attorney’s Office to pursue an indictment. If convicted of the current charges, which are all Class B felonies, Colburn could face up to 21 years in prison.
Middleton Police Chief William Blodgett said on Wednesday afternoon that no other charges are being processed against Colburn in the current case.
“I don’t have any reason to anticipate any further charges,” Blodgett said.
According to a press release issued by officials at Middleton Police Department, a Middleton Animal Control officer and the New Hampshire SPCA were involved in the February investigation.
If convicted on the current charges, which are all Class B felonies, Colburn could face up to 21 years in prison.