- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City groomer accused of kicking a dog in his care is facing a new, tougher charge.

Online court records say 22-year-old Lucas Van Orden V last week was charged with animal abuse, which carries a sentence of up to two years. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (https://icp-c.com/2bfZ9L4 ) that the initial charge of animal neglect carried a maximum of 30 days in jail or a fine. The charge has been dropped. An attorney listed for Van Orden in court records declined to comment Wednesday to The Associated Press.

Authorities say Van Orden kicked the dog July 9, breaking some of its ribs and bruising its lungs. The owners of Creature Comfort Veterinary Center where Van Orden was working have said he’s been fired.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, https://www.press-citizen.com/

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