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Case ID: 18319
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Judge(s): Sawako Gardner

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Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011

County: Rockingham

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Jason Paige

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A Manchester man was arrested on an animal cruelty charge alleging he left his dog in a hot pickup truck while he went to get a tattoo.

Jason Paige, 31, of 158 Youville St. #1, was arrested Wednesday on a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals after turning himself in on a warrant. Police Capt. Mike Schwartz said the case began July 5 when police responded to the Worth lot for a complaint about a dog in a hot car.

Schwartz said it was 5 p.m., 89 degrees and humid at the time.

An officer found a Border Collie in Paige's truck with the windows lowered only about an inch, said Schwartz. The dog was "panting heavily," so police used a tool to unlock the truck, seized the dog and transported it to the SPCA, he said.

According to police, Paige said he parked the truck with the dog at 4:30 p.m. to go get a tattoo and his girlfriend was scheduled to get the dog from the truck at 6 p.m. The dog was subsequently returned to Paige after an examination, said Schwartz.

Following his arrest, Paige was released on personal recognizance bail and he's scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 29 in Portsmouth District Court.

Case Updates

A Manchester man who left his dog in a hot pickup truck while he got a tattoo pleaded guilty Monday to animal negligence.

Jason Paige, 31, of 158 Youville St., Apt. 1, appeared in Portsmouth District Court where he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor.

Paige told the court he parked in the shade, it was about to rain at the time and he did not consider the circumstances "to be extreme enough" to be classified as cruelty.

"It was a judgment call on my part," he said.

Judge Sawako Gardner reminded Paige his dog "doesn't have another option" when locked in his truck.

"There have been cases when dogs died due to judgment calls," she said. "This is what we're trying to prevent."

After being found guilty, Paige was fined $750, with $250 of it suspended, pending his good behavior for a year.
Source: - Aug 30, 2011
Update posted on Sep 6, 2011 - 8:05PM 


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