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Published September 10, 2013, 05:16 PM

Smith pleads not guilty after charges of mistreating 170 dogs

Wheatland, ND (WDAY TV) - The Wheatland man charged with mistreating nearly 170 dogs has pleaded not guilty.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Wheatland, ND (WDAY TV) - The Wheatland man charged with mistreating nearly 170 dogs has pleaded not guilty.

We saw 51-year-old Darcy Smith for the first time when he appeared in Cass County court.

He's charged with six counts of animal neglect, including depriving the animals of necessary food and water.

Authorities seized nearly 170 dogs from Smith's puppy mill in July.

There were multiple dogs per cage, most with matted fur and health issues.

Smith posted the $4,000 bail. He didn't want to answer questions, but says he'll share his side after his legal battle is over.

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