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Tehachapi man suspected of hoarding 140 dogs pleads not guilty

Posted: 4:42 PM, Mar 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-30 00:23:37Z

UPDATE (March 29, 2018, 5:20 p.m.): A man who was arrested after authorities rescued over 140 dogs from his home pleaded not guilty to six felony counts of animal cruelty Thursday afternoon. 

Allen Lee was originally facing 120 counts of felony animal cruelty, but only six have been filed. 

Authorities served a search warrant at his home on Golden Star Boulevard on Tuesday, March 27th when they found the animals.

Kern County Animal Services had responded to the home in the past, most recently on March 20th. 

The dogs rescued on March 27th varied in health and two of them had to be put down for health reasons, according to Kern County Animal Services. 

The rescued dogs were dispersed among three county animal shelters.

Lee is due back in court on April 10th.