Hooksett family faces animal cruelty, child endangerment charges

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HOOKSETT — A family of three was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and endangering the welfare of a child after Hooksett Police discovered deplorable living conditions in their Merrimack Street home.

Officers Underwood and Estevez, responding to a call made on Jan. 16, found seven young puppies crammed into one crate, four older puppies in another, and four adult dogs roaming free amidst urine and feces with no access to food or water.

The animals were visibly neglected, covered in waste, and exhibiting health issues.

The Hooksett Police, aided by Granite State Dog Recovery, seized the dogs and transferred them to the Pope Memorial SPCA for care.

The New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families was also alerted due to the presence of a juvenile in the home.

On Jan. 18, residents Billy Towne, 48, Jennifer Liles, 45, and Patrick Liles, 24, turned themselves in to authorities.

Billy Towne and Jennifer Liles each face 15 counts of animal cruelty and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, and were released on $2,500 cash bail.

Patrick Liles was charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty and released on $1,000 cash bail.

All three are expected to appear at the 6th Circuit Court in Hooksett on Feb. 29 at 8:15 a.m.

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