Deputies work “heartbreaking” case if animal neglect.
Marty Roney/ Advertiser
MILLBROOK — A Millbrook man charged in an animal cruelty case where a dog was dragged behind a vehicle has pleaded not guilty.
Paul Wayne Patty, 56, appeared in Millbrook Municipal Court on Thursday night. He faced a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.
“These are very serious charges,” said Municipal Judge Benjamin Pool. “You need an attorney. Have you had a chance to hire an attorney?”
“I was fired because of this,” Patty said. “I didn’t know the dog was tied up behind the El Camino.”
“This is not your trial Mr. Patty,” Pool said, before appointing him an attorney and setting a trial date for Oct. 26.
Officers in April received reports of an animal being dragged behind a vehicle, Police Chief P.K. Johnson said when the story originally broke. The dog was found on April 2 in the 4300 block of River Oaks Road, reports show. Officers followed a “blood trial” about a quarter of a mile long on the street and found the dog, Johnson said. Patty told investigators at the time that he was unaware someone tied the dog behind his vehicle.
The dog has made a “remarkable” recovery, said Rea Cord, director of the Elmore County Humane Shelter. The dog was taken to Blue Ridge Animal Clinic for treatment.
Caitlin Barnett, a veterinary technician at the clinic, adopted the dog and named him Remi. The Labrador retriever-bulldog mix…
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