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FARGO — A Cass County judge has sentenced a former Wheatland puppy mill owner to two years of supervised probation, during which he cannot have dogs, in exchange for his guilty plea to animal neglect.


Darcy Darrell Smith, 51, didn’t attend his sentencing hearing in Cass County District Court on Monday because of furnace problems due to cold weather, according to his public defender.

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