A Redwood City man charged with mauling a neighbor’s poodle to death will stand trial later this year, prosecutors said.
Marcos Montano-Topete, 32, is charged with bashing in a neighbor's poodle’s head with a brick earlier this year, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
A superior court judge on Thursday ordered Montano-Topete to stand trial on two felony counts of animal cruelty, Wagstaffe said.
Montano-Topete pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Montano-Topete told his 16-year-old female neighbor that he was sick of her dog entering his property and that he’d struck the poodle, Wagstaffe said.
Five-year-old Globsis was whimpering and convulsing in a pool of blood with her snout caved in when sheriff’s deputies arrived at the defendant’s home, Wagstaffe said.
The Peninsula Human Society took Globsis to Redwood City Pet Hospital. The poodle was euthanized after emergency surgery.
Montano-Topete told authorities on the scene that he hit the dog with a stone. Deputies found a brick near the door.
The alleged March 26 incident occurred in unincorporated Redwood City.
Montano-Topete is free on $10,000 bail. His trail date was set for Dec. 17.
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