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Millers Falls woman gets year’s probation for animal cruelty

GREENFIELD — An area woman charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty was given probation in Greenfield District Court Tuesday.

Grace I. Gamache, 33, now of Greenfield, admitted to sufficient facts to five counts of cruelty to animals.

The charges were continued without a finding, and Gamache was placed on probation, until June 20, 2014. Before then, she must perform 50 hours of community service at an animal shelter.

Judge Laurie MacLeod ordered Gamache not to own any animals until she completes probation. Gamache must also pay a $50 victim witness fee and $50 per month in probation fees or four months community service.

The charges stem from the May 2012 discovery of several neglected dogs in Gamache’s former Millers Falls apartment. Her neighbors first found the dogs, and called police.

They found two pit bulls and two chihuahuas left in crates, without food or water, and a blind, 15-year-old poodle mix that was wandering the apartment aimlessly, according to Montague Police Staff Sgt. Christopher Williams.

One of the pit bulls, Williams said, would likely have died if it was not rescued when it was.

At the time, police contacted Gamache, who said she had been out of town for about two weeks, according to Williams. Williams said the apartment was “absolutely depolorable,” with animal waste, food, dirty clothes and garbage strewn throughout.

After the discovery, the apartment, on the first floor of 38 East Main St., was condemned by the Board of Health.

The dogs were transported to an area veterinarian.

David Rainville can be reached at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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