Police have hit new-wave rock icon and former Playboy Bunny Dale Bozzio with a litter of animal cruelty charges.
Twelve cats had to be put down after a raid on a house the glitzy Boston-based animal advocate was leasing on Newman Drew Road in Ossipee, police said.
Bozzio, who hung with rock titan Frank Zappa and fronted 1980s band Missing Persons, is in Massachusetts caring for her ill mother, manager Joe Nelson said.
“These are a bunch of trumped up charges,” he said. “It’s a bunch of small-town cops who don’t have anything better to do.”
He said Bozzio was in the middle of a move and had left the cats in the care of a friend he identified only as Deborah. But he said the pal let Bozzio and the cats down.
“She’s totally pissed. This woman promised her,” he said. “She’s not even talking to her anymore.”
Bozzio has pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and will be charged with nine more based on the latest nine cats to be euthanized, police said.