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3 plead not guilty to animal cruelty

Eatonville - Not-guilty pleas were entered Wednesday on behalf of three Eatonville women charged with crimes after authorities seized more than 70 animals from their home earlier this year.

Lori Neisinger, Beverly Marks and Holly Marks each are charged in Pierce County District Court with nine counts of second-degree animal cruelty and one count of violating the county’s kennel-licensing law. The charges are misdemeanors.

They were released on their own recognizance after their arraignment but ordered not to own animals until the charges against them are resolved. They are scheduled in court again Sept. 3.

Animal control officers raided the women’s home June 3 and seized 51 dogs, 18 horses and other animals. Authorities said the animals were living in deplorable conditions.

The women have petitioned a Superior Court judge for the return of some of the animals. A hearing on that request is set for Oct. 22.

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