- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man accused earlier this year of breaking into a neighbor’s apartment and choking her barking dog has been barred from adopting a pet after being convicted of neglecting his cat.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1HRO2en ) that 50-year-old Roger Pelletier of Portsmouth was convicted Tuesday of animal cruelty. The judge fined him $1,000 - with $750 suspended if he stays out of trouble for a year. She also barred him from adopting a pet for one year.

Pelletier was convicted of felony burglary and sentenced to 90 days in jail in the dog choking incident. An animal cruelty charge was dropped as part of a plea bargain.

In the current case, Pelletier’s cat was found to be heavily matted and dirty and was taken to a shelter.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com

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