Woman whose German shepherds died in fires pleads not guilty
PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A woman whose German shepherds died in fires at her New Hampshire property has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges.
A lawyer filed the plea to five misdemeanor charges for Jennifer Choate on Friday.
Authorities say a number of dogs died in two fires at Choate’s property in Bristol last year.
One charge alleges Choate left 29 dogs unattended inside a structure with heat lamps attached, which resulted in a fire.
Two charges allege seven dogs weren’t kept in proper kennels and were left in temperatures as low as 12 degrees. Another two charges allege Choate 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. Those dogs were seized by authorities.