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Milo man summoned for animal cruelty

Article from Bangor Daily News, Thursday, August 28, 2003

By Diana Bowley
of the NEWS Staff

Kitten reportedly strangled, died 1 hour later

MILO - A local man has been summoned to court for allegedly choking a 12-week-old kitten that later died.

Daniel Lord, 41, of Lewis Park Road, will make his initial court appearance on the animal cruelty charge on Sept. 15 in 13th District Court.

If convicted, the Class D crime is punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $2,000 fine, according to Milo Police Chief Todd Lyford.

Authorities say the incident occurred after Lord's wife visited a Gould Street mobile home to retrieve a fund-raising catalog she had left there previously. A 14-year-old girl, who was baby-sitting at the home, answered the door and advised the woman to return when the owners were home, according to Valerie Robertson, Milo's animal control officer.

Robertson said Lord's wife returned to her home and apparently advised her husband, Daniel, who "stormed across the park" to the mobile home. He reportedly shouted obscenities at the baby sitter as he approached the door to the mobile home, she said.

The baby sitter, who became scared, called her mother on the telephone and left the line open so her mother could hear the commotion, according to Robertson. When the baby sitter refused to open the door for Lord, he allegedly pushed it open, allowing the kitten to escape, she said.

When the girl yelled that the kitten had gotten loose, Lord allegedly reached down, squeezed its neck and tossed it on the landing of the home, Robertson said. The kitten died about an hour later.

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