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ARREST ORDERED IN CRUELTY CASE

Leslie Smith, 51 of Dean Road, Stockton, did not appear Monday in Stockton Town Court on animal cruelty-related charges but was represented by his attorney, said Fredonia-based State Police.

Assistant District Attorney William Coughlin requested an arrest warrant and one was issued by Justice Robert Burlingame, effective March 30, 1998.

The Chautauqua County Humane Society, acting on a series of complaints, removed 44 mixed-breed dogs, 15 mixed-breed puppies, three cows, four cats and 35 chickens from the residence on March 15.

A water supply for the animals was not apparent and the dogs were housed in cramped wire cages. Additionally, a barn housing the cows was filled with a pile of manure some 8 feet high.

Smith will be arraigned next Monday on cruelty to animals charges and criminal possession of a hypodermic needle, troopers said. The needle apparently was used to administer medication to the animals.

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