Woman pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charges

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A New Hampshire woman has pleaded not guilty to five misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty regarding the care of German shepherds at her property, a number of which died in fires.

A lawyer filed the not guilty plea for Jennifer Choate on Friday.

Authorities said a number of dogs died in two fires at her property in Bristol last year. One charge alleges that Choate left 29 dogs unattended inside a structure with heat lamps attached, which resulted in a fire.

Two charges allege that seven dogs weren’t kept in proper kennels and left in temperatures as low as 12 degrees. Another two charges allege that she didn’t properly care for dogs with infections.

Separately, Choate faces multiple charges about the care of 22 German shepherds in a case in Alexandria.

Associated Press