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Clifton Park man pleads not guilty in animal cruelty case

Clifton Park man pleads not guilty in animal cruelty case

He is due back in court Nov. 15
Clifton Park man pleads not guilty in animal cruelty case
Hank D. Smith.
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CLIFTON PARK — A Clifton Park man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that accuse him of killing a dog.

Hank D. Smith, 26, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies. He was also charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor, according to Town Court officials.

Smith was arrested Oct. 25 by state police, who said he intentionally killed a dog and left its body in a dumpster. He was arrested after a two-week investigation, troopers said.

State police also said Smith was found to be in possession of stolen property linked to several recent car break-ins in the Clifton Park area. 

He was sent to Saratoga County jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is due back in Town Court at 3 p.m. Nov. 15, when he is expected to be represented by a public defender. 

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