Man Pleads Not Guilty to Beating Poodle to Death

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A Baldwin Park man accused of beating his poodle to death pleaded not guilty Tuesday to animal cruelty.


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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.