- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A Mina husband and wife accused of keeping dogs in deplorable conditions have pleaded no contest to an animal neglect conspiracy charge.

The American News reports (http://bit.ly/2aPETz7 ) that 66-year-old Leonard Sollie and 68-year-old Karla Sollie on Tuesday each was given a suspended 30-day jail sentence and fined $566.

Officials with the Aberdeen Area Humane Society and sheriff’s deputies in February rescued 15 small dogs from an unoccupied rural house. Authorities say the dogs had suffered from years of neglect.

The Sollies say they were trying to care for dogs abandoned on their property.

The couple faced similar charges in 2007. In 2009 they entered Alford pleas, meaning they didn’t admit guilt but acknowledged there was evidence to convict them.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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