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      Not guilty verdict handed down in AlphaTex Kennel's animal abuse case

      Courtesy of KFYO.com

      T he verdict is in of the alleged animal abuse case of AlphTex Kennels.

      The jury found owners Mark and Sandra Smith not guilty of animal cruelty. The verdict was handed down just after 5:00 p.m. Friday afternoon.

      The trial was held in Randall County all week. Closing arguments wrapped up just before 4:30 p.m. and it only took jurors just about an hour to return that not guilty verdict.

      Mark Smith took the stand Friday and described how heartbroken he was when The Humane Society of West Texas and the Floyd County Sheriff's Office seized over 200 dogs from his property in September.