A Baldwin Park man accused of beating his poodle to death pleaded not guilty Tuesday to animal cruelty.
Jason Arnold Vaca was arraigned on one felony count of cruelty to an animal, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Vaca was arrested on March 18 after authorities received a 911 call regarding a man yelling and the sounds of a dog being hit, the release stated.
Responding officers reportedly saw blood inside the home and the body of a lifeless dog in the backyard, the release stated.
Vaca was arrested at the home and was latter released on $20,000 bail.
He was scheduled to appear in court April 23 for a pretrial hearing.
If convicted as charged, Vaca faced a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.