Thursday, December 10, 2015

Woman Charged Poisoning Neighbor's Dog with Meds

Westford woman charged with poisoning neighbor's dog
Lowell Sun
By Robert Mill
UPDATED: 12/09/2015
James White, of Westford, poses with his family's 7-month-old miniature miniature schnauzer, Zoe, who recovered with no side effects after allegedly being poisoned with prescription medication by one of White's neighbors late last month. SUN/Robert Mills
WESTFORD -- A Westford family's 7-month-old miniature schnauzer is recovering well after it was allegedly poisoned with prescription medication by a neighbor who told police she just wanted some peace from what she called the dog's incessant barking.

But James White, of 173 Carlisle Road, says his family asked around their 5-unit apartment building in an effort to be good neighbors and got no complaints about Zoe -- the miniature schnauzer -- from other neighbors or the family of the woman who allegedly poisoned her.

Meanwhile, White's neighbor Daovone Nokham, 35, is free on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty in Ayer District Court to a single count of poisoning an animal.

Elizabeth Vlock, a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, said Judge Elizabeth Cremens ordered Nokham not to abuse any animals while the case is pending.

Nokham could not be reached for comment. A man who identified himself as Nokham's husband closed the door on a reporter who went to her home on Wednesday.

The incident unfolded at the Westford Home for Veterans, where both families live, on Black Friday.
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