Buxton kennel operator sees animal cruelty charges dropped

Posted March 25, 2011, at 9:46 a.m.

BUXTON, Maine — Charges are being dropped against a Maine couple operating a kennel where 250 dogs were seized in 2007.

Heidi and John Frasca of Buxton pleaded no contest to five counts of cruelty to animals last week under an agreement in which most charges were dropped. The remaining five counts will be dismissed in 17 months if the couple meets certain obligations laid out under the agreement.

Some animal rights officials are upset.

The dogs were in cramped conditions and many were suffering diseases when they were removed. But defense lawyer J.P. DeGrinney told the Portland Press Herald that the couple “basically lost everything” and never had any intention of hurting the dogs.

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