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Ark. woman pleads not guilty to animal cruelty

An Arkansas woman has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges after she allegedly ran a puppy mill where authorities recovered some 175 dogs.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas woman has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges after she allegedly ran a puppy mill where authorities recovered some 175 dogs.

The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record reports Thursday that Pam Thomas faces three felony counts of animal cruelty.

During a court appearance Wednesday, Thomas formally agreed to give up the dogs and eight new puppies born since the dogs were seized.

The Garland County Sheriff's Office, which took the dogs earlier this month, has turned them over to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Thomas is set for a review hearing on her charges on Jan. 31. If convicted, she could face up to six years in prison on each count.

Her attorney didn't immediately respond to a message left at his office.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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