A 51-year-old woman accused of hoarding dogs has pleaded not guilty.
Authorities tell The Sun Herald Shirley Gai faces one charge of simple animal cruelty and 116 charges of animal neglect for failure to provide rabies shots to the mixed-breed dogs left without food or water at an unoccupied home she owns. No trial date was set at a hearing on Wednesday.
Gai was arrested in March after authorities and volunteers seized the dogs. They also found several dead dogs inside and outside the home, some stuffed in garbage bags or old dog food bags.
Some dogs have since been taken to a shelter in another state, while others remain housed at area shelters, at a veterinarian's office or in foster homes.
Others have had to be euthanized.
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