• Horse purchase is called contempt
     | January 18,2014

    LUNENBURG — A Vermont man convicted of animal cruelty has been charged with contempt of court for allegedly buying a new horse.

    Joshua Johnson, of Lunenburg, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of contempt and a felony charge of false personation by representing himself as another person when buying the horse.

    Johnson’s contempt charge is related to his 2012 conviction on multiple counts of credit card fraud and animal cruelty. He was accused of neglecting a horse that died. His sentence and probation prohibit him from purchasing or caring for animals.

    Authorities say the 29-year-old Johnson bought the horse from a seller in Pennsylvania and had it delivered to his home in November.

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