A Los Angeles man accused of beating his dog pleaded not guilty Friday to one felony count of cruelty to an animal.
Eric James Fowler, 40, was arrested on March 5 after sheriff’s deputies allegedly observed him kicking and stomping on a white object, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
As the deputies got closer to Fowler, prosecutors said they realized the white object was a dog.
The deputies intervened and ordered Fowler to stop beating the dog, the release stated.
The dog laid motionless for several minutes before regaining consciousness, according to prosecutors.
Fowler was arrested and the dog was taken to a shelter for medical treatment.
Fowler was being held on $120,000 and was due back in court March 20.
He had a previous conviction in 1995 for robbery.
If convicted as charged in this case, Fowler faced a maximum sentence of six years in state prison.