Woman Who Left Dozens of Pets in Abandoned Home Turns Herself In
EXETER — An Exeter woman has been arrested on several animal cruelty charges after police say she left her home after being evicted, leaving her pets behind.
On Jan.11, Exeter police animal control officer Neal Jones removed 10 cats, five rabbits, three gerbils, one Guinea pig and two turtles. A rabbit and Guinea pig were found dead on the property. The other Guinea pig was found alive but had to be euthanized later. The homeowner, Teresa Gordon, 36, told police she had a plan for someone to care for the animals beginning Jan. 2, but it did not appear that was the case.
Gordon was charged with 20 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
On Friday, Gordon turned herself into the Exeter Police Department and was released on $5,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in court April 10.
The animals are in the care of the NH-SPCA in Stratham and are available for adoption according to Executive Director Lisa Dennison.