- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man charged with killing a neighbor’s Chihuahua puppy after it wandered into his yard has pleaded not guilty.

Freddie Guy was allowed to remain free on $500 bail at his arraignment Thursday on animal cruelty charges.

Prosecutors requested $10,000 bail, but the 66-year-old Guy’s lawyer argued that his client had no criminal record and was not a flight risk.

Witnesses told police they saw Guy on Tuesday morning swinging a baseball bat at the dog. A local animal hospital says the dog was shot with a BB gun.

Guy was not at home when police arrived, but the dog’s body remained on his lawn. He was arrested later Tuesday.

The 6-month-old dog, Bruno, belonged to a family who lived on a nearby street.

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