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A pre-trial hearing for a Woodville Township man facing animal cruelty charges is scheduled for Nov. 27 in Sandusky County Court 2 in Woodville.

Thomas Linke, 73, of County Rd. 16, has been charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty after investigators with the Humane Society of Sandusky County and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation last month were at his property on reports of dead animals.

Attorney Jeffrey Goldstein has entered a plea of not guilty for Linke, according to court records.

Two BCI agents assisted with serving a search warrant, said Jill DelGreco, a spokesperson for the BCI.

Investigators found dead and thin animals at the property.

Linke also faces one charge each of assault and obstructing official business.

A preliminary hearing on the assault charge and a pre-trial hearing on the obstruction charge are also set for Nov. 27.