Monday, March 28, 2011

Some upset by outcome of Buxton kennel case

By Ann S. Kim

Police Chief Michael Grovo is holding a news conference Friday morning in reaction to the outcome of the case against a couple accused in a large animal cruelty case.

J'aime Kennel was the subject of a raid in August 2007 that resulted in the seizure of 249 dogs. The owners, John and Heidi Frasca, each faced 25 counts of animal cruelty.

Last week, they each pleaded no contest to five counts of animal cruelty in York County Superior Court. Under the agreement, 17 charges were dropped and the other five charges will be dismissed after 17 months if the Frascas adhere to certain conditions. Those include performing 60 hours of community service between them, not having more than a total of four animals and refraining from any criminal activity.

The outcome has left some people involved with the case confused and upset. Some of their feelings stem from not being notified in advance about where the case was heading.

Christine Fraser, state veterinarian for the Maine Animal Welfare Program, said the dogs suffered from a range of medical problems, including conditions contagious to humans, dental disease, untreated injuries and behavioral problems..." More

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