Clifton Park man pleads not guilty in animal cruelty case

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By Kassie Parisi

Gazette Reporter

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.