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Miami-Dade Man Faces Felony Charge For Death of Dog

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A Miami-Dade man is facing a third-degree felony charge of animal cruelty over the death of a beagle puppy.

The 29-year old man is being charged after it is alleged that he caused the death of the puppy by dragging it across a parking lot and beating it with a leash.

The accused has given a statement to police indicating that the dog may have died accidentally when dropped.

Animal cruelty can be a misdemeanor if the animal is not seriously injured or killed. If an animal is seriously injured or killed, then the charge becomes a felony.

If convicted at trial the accused faces up to 5 years in state prison.

Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney serving Miami-Dade and Broward.