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February 22, 2013

Officials defend animal officer

Salisbury, Amesbury say allegations against Congdon unfounded

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“Whenever I’ve had the opportunity to speak to Harold, I’ve always been impressed with his compassion for animals,” Kezer said in the aftermath of the TV report.

Harrington said in his 10 years as town manager, he can count the number of complaints against Congdon “on the fingers of one hand.” He added he’s never received a complaint about Congdon abusing animals.

“Is Harold a character? Yes. Is Harold less than a dapper Dan? Yes. But is Harold taking money that belongs to the town? I don’t believe that for a minute,” Harrington said.

He added, “Harold will tell you there’s no such thing as a bad dog, there’s only bad dog owners. Harold loves animals and he’s really very good with them.”

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