Woman Accused of False Name, Animal Cruelty. Pleads Not Guilty

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A woman accused of living under a false name and cruelty to animals pleaded not guilty on Wednesday. 

Linda Snow, 59, of Olso Street in Mystic, was arrested on Friday after police took five puppies from her home to be treated.

A public defender is representing Snow, who is a fugutive from Massachusetts, where she faces similar charges> The lawyer entered the plea on her behalf and the case was continued to March 3.

The Groton Patch reports that Snow was living under the name Mary Howard and had a false Connecticut driver's license and car registration.

Authorities said Snow is believed to be connected to the Connecticut Cockapoos and Maltepoo/Maltipoo Puppies for Sale Web sites -- sites registered to Mary Howard, according to Network Solutions.

Police are now looking for people who bought dogs from http://conneticutcockapoos.com/ or http://conneticutcockapoos.com/maltepoos.html.

Police ask anyone who has purchased a dog from Mary Howard, Linda Snow, Michael Howard or Mark Zimmerman to call Groton Town Police Department at 860-441-6712 or the Animal Control Officer at 860-441-6709.

Snow was charged with criminal impersonation and five counts of cruelty to animals and interfering.

The dogs were treated at Four Paws Veterinary Clinic in Old Mystic. Police said four of the five are in the town dog pound. A fifth remained in the care of doctors last week.

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