- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - An attorney for an Augusta man accused of kicking a puppy on the Kennebec River Rail Trail says his client denies any wrongdoing.

Michael Hein was charged Friday with animal cruelty. Authorities said an investigation determined that Hein was jogging on the trail Nov. 23 when he stopped to kick the leashed puppy that moved in his direction.

Police said the kick sent the 4-month-old golden retriever puppy into the air, but it has recovered.

Attorney Scott Hess tells The Kennebec Journal (https://bit.ly/1QX5iqN ) that 45-year-old Hein denies harming the dog and intends to contest the matter in court.

Hein pleaded guilty in 2012 to violating the Maine Clean Election Act by paying some of his own money instead of collecting $5 donations from individuals to qualify for funding.


Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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