CLARMEONT, N.H. — Two people accused of cramming 14 cats into a medium-sized dog crate left outside a house in New Hampshire have pleaded not guilty.

One of the cats was found dead and a second has since died. The rest of the cats are recovering.

Dwaine Lord and Crystal Lamonda, of Claremont, were cited on 14 misdemeanor counts each of cruelty to animals. They pleaded not guilty Monday. They are free on bond and have been ordered not to have any pets in their care.

The cats were found in November. The Humane Society had said the crate would be acceptable for up to two adult cats.

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