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Man convicted in "puppy mill" case fighting for his property 

(HELENA)- The Jefferson County man who was convicted in a high profile animal cruelty case will get a chance to argue against the seizure of his property in a trial in Lewis and Clark County next year. 

Mike Chilinski was convicted 5-years ago on dozens of counts for running a "puppy mill" at his property near Boulder. More than 130-dogs were seized at the time. 

But Chilinski maintains the seizure of his home, and some mining claims, is unconstitutional.  Authorities argue he was growing marijuana and that allows the seizure under federal law. 

The Montana Supreme Court sided with Chilinski, sending the case back to District Court.

KXLH reports this week Judge Luke Berger said a trial to hear his case will happen sometime early in 2018. 

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