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BUFFALO, NY-- A former city worker, who is facing animal cruelty charges, was arraigned in court Thursday morning.

Shannon Richardson, a former cell block attendant for the Buffalo Police was arrested in November after police say they found four pitbulls and dog fighting equipment in his home. He was indicted by a grand jury on six charges.

Richardson plead not guilty. He was taken into custody on $7,500 bail. He faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted.

Animal right activists showed up outside court , calling on the Erie County DA not to offer a plea deal in the case.

"Animal cruelty needs to stop in Buffalo, and by allowing Shannon Richardson to remain a free man, we are giving the ok to its citizens to break the law and get away with it," says Robin Donavan, animal rights protester.

The four dogs were taken to the Buffalo Animal Shelter, but one recently went missing. A reward of $7,000 dollars is still being offered for its return.

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