LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A 20-year-old Lake Charles man has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and theft of animals $500 to $1,500.
Tyler Scott Sanders, who was arrested in December and indicted in January, will have a case management conference on April 3.
Sanders, being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a $27,000 bond, has been accused of stealing and then abusing a pit-bull puppy, city police said.
Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said the puppy, named Halo, had severe, life-threatening injuries including broken bones, a fractured skull and multiple pellet gun wounds.
You can read more about Halo HERE.