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Ohio man pleads guilty to animal cruelty

April 26, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — An Ohio man will spend 30 days in jail after pleading guilty in West Virginia to 20 animal cruelty counts.

Leonard Woods Jr. of Lewisville, Ohio, entered his plea Monday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Another 74 animal cruelty counts were dismissed under a plea agreement.

Magistrate Harry Snow also barred Woods from owning or possessing any animals for five years and fined him $300 on each of the 20 misdemeanor counts.

The charges stem from the seizure of 90 dogs from the Yip Yip Kennel outside Martinsburg last August. Authorities say the dogs were living in deplorable conditions.

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