- Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

LUNENBURG, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man convicted of animal cruelty charges has been charged with contempt of court for allegedly buying a new horse.

Joshua Johnson of Lunenburg has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of contempt and a felony charge of false personation by representing himself as another person when buying the horse.

The Caledonian Record reports (http://bit.ly/1dqXnO7) Johnson’s contempt charge is related to his 2012 conviction on multiple counts of credit card fraud and animal cruelty. He was accused of neglecting a horse that died. His sentence and probation prohibit him from purchasing or caring for additional animals.

Authorities say the 29-year-old Johnson bought the horse from a seller in Pennsylvania and had it delivered to his home in November.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com