Wanted Person-UPDATE

November 1, 2017

Yesterday, the Portsmouth Police Department issued a Press Release seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted person for Animal Cruelty. An arrest has now been made in conjunction with that broadcast.

On October 31, 2017 at approximately 7:00pm the following individual surrendered himself to the Portsmouth Police Department and was charged with the following crimes:

Kenneth Hale

DOB: 07-28-1958

Last Known address 886 State Street Unit #33

Animal Cruelty (Class A Misdemeanor) for: Negligently depriving any animal of necessary care, sustenance or shelter RSA 644:8(a)

Animal Cruelty (Class A Misdemeanor) for: Negligently abandons or leaves an animal without adequate provisions for its care RSA 644:8 (e)

Animal Cruelty (Class A Misdemeanor) for: Negligently causing any animal in his possession or custody to be subjected to cruelty, inhumane treatment or unnecessary suffering of any kind RSA 644:8(f)

Mr. Hale was released on $7,500 personal recognizance bail and faces arraignment in the Portsmouth District Court on December 4th, 2017 at 8:00am.

Portsmouth Police Department would like to express its gratitude to the citizens of Portsmouth, those residing in our surrounding communities and to the Media and its affiliates who assisted in this investigation. Your cooperation and assistance brought a quick and successful resolution to this case.


For Chief Robert Merner by

Sgt. Kuffer R. Kaltenborn

Uniformed Patrol Division




Portsmouth City Manager

Portsmouth Director of Public Works

Local Media

Police Department Personnel

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