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Arrest warrant in Mesilla issued for man wanted in neglect of nine dogs

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An arrest warrant for charges of alleged animal cruelty in the death of three puppies and neglect and negligence of six other adult dogs and puppies was issued Tuesday for John Levine of Mesilla, N.M. reported krwg.com.

According to the Dona Ana County District Attorney, Levine has been charged with three counts of extreme animal cruelty and three counts of cruelty for neglecting his three adult dogs and a litter of puppies. All of the dogs were reported to have been infested with ticks; two of the six puppies were already dead, and one emaciated puppy died at the veterinarian's office.

A neighbor reported offering several times to help Levine care for the dogs including purchasing food and providing the funds for their medical care, but Levine refused.

Bail has been set at $5,000.

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