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Case ID: 17728
Classification: Mutilation/Torture
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Attorneys/Judges
Defense(s): Tom Gleason
Judge(s): John Lewis


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Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011

County: Rockingham

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Jamie Sue Labbe

Case Updates: 5 update(s) available

A Sandown woman accused of torturing two German shepherds, resulting in the death of one of them, waived a probable-cause hearing yesterday.

Jamie Labbe, 33, allegedly forced a 6-inch pipe, a shower head, a 4-inch bolt, a metal clamp, a cigarette lighter and a plastic marker cap down the dogs' throats. She remains jailed on $30,000 cash bail, charged with six felony counts of animal cruelty.

She appeared briefly in Derry District Court yesterday, speaking only to waive her right to a probable cause hearing. The case will be sent to Rockingham Superior Court in Brentwood, where a grand jury will determine whether to indict Labbe on the charges.

The dogs belonged to her boyfriend, Kurt Krohn, who lived with her and reported the abuse, according to court documents. Sandown police arrested Labbe last week.

The two dogs, Pebbles and Magic, first were taken to Brushwood Veterinary Clinic in Atkinson. But Pebbles was transferred to MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston for emergency surgery. She died last week.

A 6-inch pipe was lodged in Pebbles's trachea. Both the pipe and the clamp were forced down Pebbles's throat, according to court documents.

Robin Serratore, Brushwood office manager and technician, said Magic was able to go home with a vet technician, who is caring for the dog.

"She's stable and improving, and we're all keeping our fingers crossed," Serratore said yesterday.

Magic needed stomach surgery after the bolt, shower head, cigarette lighter and marker cap were pushed down her throat.

Krohn did not attend to the court hearing yesterday. Sandown police Chief Joseph Gordon said he notified Krohn of the hearing, but he did not want to attend.

Gordon said he had heard Magic was doing better, though still dealing with some gastrointestinal infections following surgery. Donations to cover the cost of caring for Pebbles and Magic, he said, could be made through MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center.


Case Updates

A Plaistow woman was convicted of force-feeding two of her ex-boyfriend's German shepherds a variety of metal objects, including a shower head and metal bolts.

A jury convicted Jamie Labbe, 35, of four counts of attempted cruelty to animals, and single counts of criminal mischief and cruelty to animals after a three-day trial in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Jurors reached their verdict Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors argued that Labbe force fed the two dogs between last February and April 5 and even told one of her friends that she wanted to kill the dogs, according to Deputy County Attorney Tom Reid.

One of the dogs, named Pebbles, died from internal injuries, according to prosecutors. The other, named Magic, suffered serious internal injuries, prosecutors said.

Police say that Labbe tortured the two dogs because she felt her then-boyfriend paid more attention to the dogs than her.

Labbe's boyfriend at the time, Kurt Kohn, of Sandown, called police once he realized what had happened to his dogs.

Jurors heard testimony from Kohn and a previous girlfriend during the trial.

A friend of Labbe's, Angela Gaff, also testified at the close of trial about statements Labbe made.

Labbe told Gaff that "she hated the dogs, wanted to kill the dogs and tried to kill the dogs with anti-freeze," Reid said.

During a hearing outside of the jury, Gaff acknowledged she was not forthcoming about statements Labbe made to her about abusing the animals, Reid said.

The defense argued that prosecutors could not let her testify after lying on the stand, but a judge disagreed.

Reid said the Labbe and Gaff had regular contact leading up to the trial, and exchanged more than 147 text messages during the last 10 days leading up to the trial.

Labbe remains free on bail. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 9 in superior court.
Source: Union Leader - Aug 24, 2012
Update posted on Aug 26, 2012 - 9:58PM 
A Plaistow woman accused of force-feeding two German Shepherds a variety of metal objects is asking a judge to dismiss all charges against her, five months after a judge threw out her confession.

Jamie Labbe, 33, is attacking new indictments on charges of attempted cruelty to animals and criminal mischief filed against her last month in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Defense lawyer Tom Gleason is arguing that prosecutors cannot proceed because the indictments lack specific elements to show Labbe broke the law.

"The indictments fail to allege whether it was the defendant's purpose to beat, cruelly whip, torture or mutilate any animal or cause any animal to be so treated," Gleason wrote.

Prior to her statements being thrown out of court, Labbe was facing cruelty-to-animals charges, which claimed she forced objects down the animals' throats.

But the new indictments charge her with attempted cruelty to animals, only alleging that she placed the metal objects ingested by the dogs "in proximity of the mouth," Gleason argued.

Prosecutors have yet to respond to Gleason's argument.

Labbe allegedly made two of her ex-boyfriend's German Shepherds ingest pipes, bolts, a cigarette lighter and metal clamps between last February and April 5, causing one of the dogs to die, according to prosecutors.

Police say Labbe tortured the two dogs belonging to her then-boyfriend "because he pays more attention to the dogs than her," Sandown police Cpl. John J. Sable wrote in an affidavit.

Judge John Lewis decided prosecutors could not use Labbe's statements in October. Gleason argued that Labbe made incriminating statements to Sandown police after she repeatedly asked for a lawyer while she was being interviewed.

Labbe's boyfriend at the time, Kurt Kohn of Sandown, called police once he realized what had happened, according to police. One of the dogs, named Pebbles, died as a result of internal injuries while the other dog, Magic, was seriously injured, according to indictments.

The new charges are felonies, punishable by up to 3½ to 7 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine.
Source: unionleader.com - Mar 26, 2012
Update posted on Mar 26, 2012 - 3:29AM 
A Plaistow woman accused of force feeding two of her ex-boyfriend's dogs a variety of metal objects is facing a new round of indictments after a judge threw out evidence against her in November.

A grand jury indicted Jamie Labbe, 33, of a single count of criminal mischief and four counts of attempted cruelty to animals in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Labbe allegedly made two German Shepherds ingest pipes, bolts, a cigarette lighter and metal clamps between last February and April 5, causing one of the dogs to die, according to prosecutors.

The new round of charges come months after a judge decided to throw out statements that Labbe made to police.

All of the new charges are felonies, punishable by up to 3 ½ to 7 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine.

Defense lawyers argued statements Labbe made to police were made only after she repeatedly asked for a lawyer during an interview with Sandown police.

Judge John Lewis decided the statements could not be used.

Defense lawyer Tom Gleason said in a court filing that Labbe did not want to make a statement to police, and her requests for a lawyer were ignored.

"The reason I eventually gave a statement to the police was because I believed that if I didn't admit to some wrongdoing, whether true or not, I would not be admitted bail and I would be going to jail," Jamie Labbe said in a sworn affidavit.

Lewis agreed with the defense after hearing testimony at a hearing Oct. 13, according to court documents.

Police say that Labbe tortured the two dogs belonging to her boyfriend - allegedly causing one to die from its injuries - "because he pays more attention to the dogs than her," Sandown police Cpl. John J. Sable wrote in an affidavit.

Labbe's boyfriend at the time, Kurt Kohn of Sandown, called police once he realized what had happened, according to police.

One of the dogs, named Pebbles, died of internal injuries while the other dog, Magic, was seriously injured, according to indictments.

Labbe will be arraigned on the new charges March 1 in superior court.
Source: unionleader.com - Feb 20, 2012
Update posted on Feb 20, 2012 - 9:41PM 
A judge has decided that prosecutors won't be able to use statements made by a Sandown woman charged with torturing her boyfriend's two German shepherds when she goes on trial.

Defense lawyers successfully argued that Jamie Labbe, 33, repeatedly asked for a lawyer while being interviewed by Sandown police about her involvement in harming the dogs on April 5.

Her trial on five felony counts of cruelty to animals was scheduled to start next week, but lawyers in the case asked for more time to prepare for the case.

Judge John Lewis, who decided the statements could not be used, set the new trial date for the week of March 12.

Defense lawyer Tom Gleason argued that his client repeatedly asked for a lawyer and did not want to make a statement to police.

"The reason I eventually gave a statement to the police was because I believed that if I didn't admit to some wrongdoing, whether true or not, I would not be admitted bail and I would be going to jail," Jamie Labbe said in a sworn affidavit.

Lewis agreed with the arguments after hearing testimony at a hearing on Oct. 13, according to court documents.

Police say that Labbe tortured the two dogs belonging to her boyfriend " causing one to die from its injuries " "because he pays more attention to the dogs than her," Sandown police Cpl. John J. Sable wrote in a sworn affidavit.

On April 5, Labbe forced the dogs to ingest pipes, bolts, a cigarette lighter and metal clamps, police said.

Her boyfriend, Kurt Kohn of Sandown, called police once he realized what had happened, according to police.

Gleason argued that Labbe made "repeated statements and requests" to stop speaking with police and consult with a lawyer, but that police continued to press Labbe to speak about the injured dogs.

One of the dogs named Pebbles died as a result of internal injuries while the other dog, Magic, was seriously injured, according to indictments.

Labbe was indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury in June. If convicted by a jury, she faces a potential 3½- to 7-year prison sentence and a $4,000 fine for each of the charges.
Source: unionleader.com - Nov 14, 2011
Update posted on Nov 14, 2011 - 9:14PM 
A Plaistow woman is claiming that police denied her access to a lawyer and pressured her to confess to torturing her boyfriend's two German shepherds in April, according to her lawyer.

"The reason I eventually gave a statement to the police was because I believed that if I didn't admit to some wrongdoing, whether true or not, I would not be admitted bail and I would be going to jail," Jamie Labbe said in a sworn affidavit.

Labbe, 33, heads to trial in Rockingham County Superior Court the week of Nov. 14 on five felony counts of animal cruelty.

She is asking a judge to throw out all statements she made to Sandown police so they cannot be used as evidence in her upcoming trial.

Police say that Labbe tortured the two dogs belonging to her boyfriend " causing one to die from its injuries " "because he pays more attention to the dogs than her," Sandown police Cpl. John J. Sable wrote in a sworn affidavit.

On April 5, Labbe forced the dogs to ingest pipes, bolts, a cigarette lighter and metal clamps, police said.

Her boyfriend, Kurt Kohn of Sandown called police once he realized what had happened, according to police.

Defense lawyer Tom Gleason said in a court filing that his client made "repeated statements and requests" to stop speaking with police and consult with a lawyer.

Gleason suggested that police continued to press Labbe to speak about the injured dogs.

Prosecutors have yet to respond to the defense's request to throw out Labbe's statements.

One of the dogs named Pebbles died as a result of internal injuries while the other dog, Magic, was seriously injured, according to indictments.

Magic was forced to swallow a metal showerhead, a cigarette lighter and a four inch metal bolt, indictments say.

Labbe was indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury in June.

If convicted by a jury, Labbe could face a potential 3 ½-to-7 year prison sentence and a $4,000 fine for each of the charges.
Source: unionleader.com - Sep 13, 2011
Update posted on Sep 13, 2011 - 10:07PM 

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