LACONIA — City Prosecutor Jim Sawyer has reduced a charge against a local man from felony cruelty to animals to a misdemeanor charge of cruelty.
Police had initially charged Donald Dube, 50, of 324 Union Avenue with a felony saying he "purposely" threw a kitten against a wall during an argument with his girlfriend on June 25 at her apartment at 95 Union Avenue.
The misdemeanor charge alleges that Dube negligently killed the kitten. A second misdemeanor charge alleges he fell on the kitten during the dispute.
Dube is also charged with two counts each of domestic violence simple assault and two counts each of simple assault.
A media statement sent by city police on the day following the incident said the kitten was already dead when they arrived and the alleged victim appeared to have been in some kind of physical altercation.
Dube was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail after his appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.
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