- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A Santa Rosa man will face trial in May after he pleaded not guilty to abusing a dog, which had to have a hind leg amputated.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1ySj9sr ) the Labrador mix Daphne didn’t seem fazed by her alleged abuser, Coast Guard petty officer Ronald McKnight, when she trotted into court Tuesday for the hearing.

An animal control officer testified that Daphne was found in October at the bottom of a ravine with an infected wound wrapped in a dirty bandage. The prosecution says McKnight abandoned her 10 days earlier.

The prosecution says Daphne’s injuries could only have been cause by impact, not walking or running.

McKnight is charged with felony animal abuse. His lawyer said his client’s behavior was a misdemeanor at worst.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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