- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Mason City man accused of using a hammer to beat his dog has pleaded not guilty to animal torture.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1gC8fPp ) that a Cerro Gordo County jury trial has been set for Sept. 22 for 63-year-old George Thomas Harrington.

Police say officers called to Harrington’s residence in June found an injured boxer mix. Police say the dog was taken to a veterinarian, who euthanized it because of head injuries the vet said were caused by a hammer.

Harrington has also been charged with failure to have a current city license and current rabies vaccination, both misdemeanors.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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