An Aboriginal corporation and its former boss have pleaded not guilty to a string of animal cruelty charges related to a 2018 incident where hundreds of cattle perished at a Kimberley station. Legal representatives for Yungngora Association and its former chief executive Christopher Wilkin entered the pleas at Broome Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development laid the charges against Yungngora and Mr Wilkin in December, two years after it is alleged nearly 500 cattle died of thirst on Noonkanbah Station near Fitzroy Crossing. A further 85 were euthanised following an inspection. Mr Wilkin and Yungngora were each charged with 25 counts of alleged cruelty to animals following an investigation by the department’s compliance officers. Both parties are due to next appear before the Broome court on August 23. Separately, the Mugarinya Community Association is due to next appear in South Hedland Magistrate’s Court on Monday over charges allegedly linked to the death of more than 1000 cattle on Kangan and adjacent Yandeyarra Station in the Pilbara in early 2019. Animal cruelty charges have also been laid against eight individuals who were association board members at the time of the alleged incidents. They include Gaston Stewart-Coppin, Craig Stewart, Margaret Stewart, Julie Anne Williams, Nikeisha Gordon, Mark Corpus, Judy Tinker and David Hicks. The individuals and association have each been charged with 25 counts of allegedly being cruel to an animal.