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Lunenburg man accused of violating animal cruelty charge

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LUNENBURG, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man convicted of animal cruelty charges has been charged with contempt of court for allegedly buying a new horse.

Joshua Johnson of Lunenburg has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of contempt and a felony charge of false personation by representing himself as another person when buying the horse.

The Caledonian Record reports Johnson's contempt charge is related to his 2012 conviction on multiple counts of credit card fraud and animal cruelty. He was accused of neglecting a horse that died. His sentence and probation prohibit him from purchasing or caring for additional animals.

Authorities say the 29-year-old Johnson bought the horse from a seller in Pennsylvania and had it delivered to his home in November.

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