A man accused of abusing cows at a central Ohio dairy farm pleaded not guilty Thursday to unrelated gun charges.
While Billy Joe Gregg faces several counts of animal cruelty stemming from his alleged actions at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, he also faces a felony charge of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, 10TV News reported.
Authorities said they found a loaded gun in Gregg's vehicle when he was arrested earlier this month.
During a video arraignment Thursday, Gregg pleaded not guilty to the gun charge and a judge set bond at $15,000, 10TV News reported.
Gregg already faces 12 counts of animal cruelty after an undercover video surfaced, showing him allegedly abusing cows and their calves.
Mercy For Animals, the group responsible for the undercover video, said Thursday that it was pleased with how the case against Gregg was progressing.
"We're happy that we were able to provide law enforcement with the information that they needed regarding the guns, which led to the felony charge," said Mercy For Animals spokesman Daniel Hauff.
Gregg remained in custody after the arraignment Thursday.
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