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Sunday, Mar 11, 2012County: Bennington
Charges: Felony CTA
Alleged: Michael Choquette
A Readsboro man, who is facing a charge of killing a cat by throwing a chunk of wood and burning it in a boiler, will have an additional criminal count added Monday in an unrelated fatal cat poisoning a year ago, Vermont State Police said Sunday.
Michael Choquette, 51, was arrested March 13 on a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty for burning a cat in an outdoor wood boiler two days earlier, state police said. He is due for arraignment in Vermont Superior Court on Monday
Trooper Robert Zink said Sunday that during the investigation troopers learned of a second similar incident that occurred to a previous tenant of Choquette's property on Vermont 100.
Police interviewed the previous tenant, Amanda Strange, 24, now of Wilmington, who reported her 4 year-old Siamese cat, Mischief, had been poisoned approximately a year earlier, Zink said.
Zink said investigation revealed the cat had been fed rat poison inside of Choquette's garage. The cat was taken to a local animal hospital where the cat later died from poisoning, Zink said.
The new felony charge is in addition to the one involving a cat owned by Kelly Gancarz, 37, police said. She rents a second floor apartment from Choquette who lives below her.
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