No trial in animal cruelty case

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 27, 2016

There will be no trial in the animal cruelty case against a Rindge pet salon owner as long as she remain on good behavior for the next year.

An animal cruelty charge against Andrea O’Connor, 54, owner of Pearly Pond Pet Salon in Rindge, will be dropped next year if she avoids all misdemeanor, felony, and serious motor vehicle violations.

O’Connor is accused of negligently depriving a Shih Tzu named Jed necessary care on March 8, according to court documents.

She allegedly failed to render aid by continuing to groom the muzzled dog after he had exhibited signs of distress, which included standing on his hind legs, spinning and defecating. The dog died as a result.

O’Connor has already paid $350 in restitution to Pamela Forrest, the pet’s owner, as a part of an agreement signed Monday between O’Connor and prosecutor Vint Boggis.

O’Connor was issued a must appear summons on March 24 by the Rindge police. She was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on June 20, but signed the agreement instead.