NASHUA | A woman and her two brothers have been arrested in connection with a dead dog investigation in Nashua, including one who threatened to poison his nephew "because he should feel the same way the canine feels," according to police.
The Nashua Police Department said in a news release officers responded to a domestic dispute in the 400 block of Wentling Street March 7, where an unidentified bystander told them the homeowner's dog was missing and possibly stored in a basement freezer.
The dog was allegedly poisoned by the homeowner’s son and brother, who also lived at the house, police wrote in charging documents.
A child was taken to Allen Hospital Child Protection Center the next day, where police said a forensic interview was conducted.
“During the interview, the child stated his uncle, Anthony, poisoned the dog and threatened to place the same poison in his milk because he should feel the same way the canine feels,” police wrote in a criminal complaint.
It is not known if the child who was interviewed was the one who was involved in allegedly poisoning the dog.
Police then served a warrant at the Nashua home, where they said they recovered the body of a dead dog, which was transported to the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab for Necropsy.
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Officers also seized a small amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, various items used to manufacture meth, several bottles of prescription medication and various poisons from the house, according to court documents.
A live dog was also taken from the home after police said they found a “substance believed to be rat poison in its kennel.” It was taken to a veterinary clinic for examination and then placed in a shelter in New Hampton.
The following people were arrested on misdemeanor charges in connection with the case:
• Jennifer Linn Hoffman, 34, of Nashua, children endangerment. She has been released on bond and is scheduled to appear in Chickasaw County District Court March 29.
• Anthony John Hoffman, 44, of Nashua, child endangerment; animal abuse, three counts of possession of a controlled substance (meth and Focalin XR); unlawful possession of a prescription drug (Zolpidem) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Chickasaw County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 29. Drug manufacturing charges are pending chemistry results from the DCI lab, according to police.
• Christopher Allan Dann, 30, of Charles City, child endangerment; animal abuse; two counts of possession of a controlled substance (meth and Focalin XR); unlawful possession of prescription drug (Zolpidem) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Chickasaw County Jail on a $4,300 cash bond. Dann is scheduled to appear in court March 19 and has pleaded not guilty to the paraphernalia charge.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.