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    Trooper recieves shock

    Woman convicted of animal cruelty uses stun gun on trooper | Sun Journal

    Woman convicted of animal cruelty uses stun gun on trooper
    By Donna M. Perry, Staff Writer
    Published: Oct 16, 2009 12:00 am Buy a Print
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    FARMINGTON Police say a 65-year-old New Sharon woman assaulted a state trooper with a 975,000-volt stun gun during an investigation into possible animal hoarding at her house on Lane Road.

    Carol Murphy pleaded not guilty in Franklin County Superior Court on Thursday to assault on an officer, criminal threatening, refusing to submit to arrest and criminal use of an electronic weapon. She was being held at the Franklin County jail on $10,000 cash bail or $100,000 worth of real estate.

    State Animal Welfare Program staff and Maine State Police seized at least 40 domestic and farm critters, including a donkey, two alpacas and a pot-bellied pig, at Murphy's house on Thursday.

    "We found a lot of animals," Animal Welfare Director Norma Worley said. "Forty at minimal; maybe more."

    Murphy is under a court order that bars her from keeping animals at her home.



    In 2004, nearly 70 animals were seized from her property, most of them living in her house and garage. In 2005, she was convicted of animal cruelty and possessing animals without permits. Murphy was sentenced to six months in jail, with all but 24 hours suspended, and one year of probation. She was fined and ordered to pay restitution, as well as prohibited from possessing any animals for the rest of her life.

    State Trooper Aaron Turcotte, who was not seriously injured by the shock to his head and neck, went to the house Wednesday after a representative from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked police to check on Murphy.

    Turcotte wrote in an affidavit that when he arrived at the house he saw several roosters walking around outside and Murphy walking toward her car. He told her he had a warrant for her arrest and asked if she needed to lock her home. She shook her head and walked into her house, he wrote. The warrant was issued for unpaid fines and fees in connection with the animal cruelty conviction in 2005.

    After Murphy had been inside for five minutes, Turcotte said he opened the storm door and knocked on the inside door and it partially opened.

    "I could smell a strong odor of feces coming from inside the home," he wrote. "I could hear what sounded like several dogs barking from inside."

    When Murphy finally came out with her back to him, Turcotte held the door for her because he thought she was having some difficulty.

    "At this time, I felt something striking my face and neck, jolting me," he said, and he saw a black object in her hand. "I could then hear the noise being made from the black object and realized I had been shocked by a stun gun on the face and neck," he wrote.


    Turcotte said he ordered Murphy to drop the stun gun, which she refused to do and began to advance on him. He used pepper spray on her and grabbed her by the arms, pulling her to the ground. She continued to resist, but he was able to handcuff her, he said.

    Murphy was arrested and taken to the Franklin County jail in Farmington on Wednesday. Her house was watched through the night by state police, Trooper Samuel Tlumac said from the road in front of Murphy's property on Thursday.

    A donkey could be heard braying and a dog was barking. There were roosters in a pet carrier in the driveway.

    State veterinarian Christine Fraser carried a large animal crate to the house from a vehicle parked on the road. The animals were to be taken to shelters around the state, Worley said.
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    Some Monday morning quarterbacking could be done here but I'll refrain.


    Glad he's ok. Hopefully she spends some time in the gray bar for her actions.
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    Glad the trooper's OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    She was fined and ordered to pay restitution, as well as prohibited from possessing any animals for the rest of her life.

    Now there's a first. An animal ban.
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    Animal banning actually happens quite a lot. Although most hoarders end up getting in trouble again for having animals. Glad the trooper is ok. Those hoarders are pretty adamant about keeping those animals...not surprised about him getting stunned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmur5074 View Post
    Some Monday morning quarterbacking could be done here but I'll refrain.


    Glad he's ok. Hopefully she spends some time in the gray bar for her actions.
    Exactly. He's lucky he wasn't killed. Thank goodness the trooper is ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    State Animal Welfare Program staff and Maine State Police seized at least 40 domestic and farm critters, including a donkey, two alpacas and a pot-bellied pig, at Murphy's house on Thursday.

    "We found a lot of animals," Animal Welfare Director Norma Worley said. "Forty at minimal; maybe more."

    Murphy is under a court order that bars her from keeping animals at her home.
    People who live on a farm or out in the country sometimes have animals, sometimes a lot of animals. Maybe she wasn't allowed to but the PETA director here seems to think that amount is out of the ordinary for a farm.

    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    Turcotte wrote in an affidavit that when he arrived at the house he saw several roosters walking around outside and Murphy walking toward her car. He told her he had a warrant for her arrest and asked if she needed to lock her home. She shook her head and walked into her house, he wrote. The warrant was issued for unpaid fines and fees in connection with the animal cruelty conviction in 2005.

    After Murphy had been inside for five minutes, Turcotte said he opened the storm door and knocked on the inside door and it partially opened.

    "I could smell a strong odor of feces coming from inside the home," he wrote. "I could hear what sounded like several dogs barking from inside."
    According to the article this part of the report came from the Trooper and not PETA.

    Apparently this is not the first time for her. Caring for animals means that you take care of their bathroom facilities. Obviously this wasn't done. If the household animals were properly being cared for, this would not have happened.

    Found this link on Carol Murphy in the comments.

    Not sure the whole story is being told in these two articles. but here it is FWIW. It accounts for events that happened to her while living in the states of Texas and Maine.

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    This still doesn't give her any right to assault a LEO in the course of his duties.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jmur5074 View Post
    Some Monday morning quarterbacking could be done here but I'll refrain.

    yeah, dont underestimate anyone for starters...there could be plenty more where that came from, but im sure this trooper now realizes where he went wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CTR man View Post


    Found this link on Carol Murphy in the comments.

    Not sure the whole story is being told in these two articles. but here it is FWIW. It accounts for events that happened to her while living in the states of Texas and Maine.

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    CTR I found this article interesting. I knew someone many years ago who worked for the local animal shelter. His job was to ride around with his Supervisor and look for stray and loose animals. What they actually did was steal animals from people's yards, specifically very expensive breeds of dogs and turn around and sell them. I know for a fact he took home an extra $500.00 a week minimum, and his Supervisor considerably more.

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    Wow... I can't believe he let her go back in the house (someone had to say it )

    Glad the trooper is okay. The female is lucky she didn't get shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack View Post
    CTR I found this article interesting. I knew someone many years ago who worked for the local animal shelter. His job was to ride around with his Supervisor and look for stray and loose animals. What they actually did was steal animals from people's yards, specifically very expensive breeds of dogs and turn around and sell them. I know for a fact he took home an extra $500.00 a week minimum, and his Supervisor considerably more.
    That's not right. These people who act in the name of animal rights and do this crap need to be prosecuted and with stiffer penalties.


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