Plea agreement in Auburn puppy mill case

Posted Dec. 16, 2008, at 9:34 a.m.

AUBURN, Maine — A Maine man accused of keeping 90 dogs crammed into a three-car garage has agreed to spend a week in jail and pay a fine.

Donald Asselin of Greene originally faced 35 counts of animal cruelty. If he stays out of trouble until next December, 10 of the 20 remaining counts will be dropped, and he would spend a week in Androscoggin County Jail and pay a $1,000 fine.

The Maine Animal Welfare Program received complaints from Asselin’s customers.

His license allowed him to keep 30 dogs in his converted three-car garage, but an inspection found 90 dogs. Steven Dostie of the Greater Androscoggin County Humane Society in Lewiston says many of the dogs were underfed and suffered from worms and intestinal parasites.