A 46-year-old western Nebraska man whose dog was infested with maggots has pleaded not guilty to neglecting his pet.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - A trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 15 for Phillip Moreno Jr., of North Platte. Court records say he faces a felony charge of abandoning or cruelly neglecting the animal, a Yorkshire terrier.
North Platte television station KNOP reports (http://bit.ly/TdA4Op) that two women told authorities the dog had masking tape around its midsection and was filthy when the women found it.
The women say they took the dog to a veterinarian, who discovered a maggot-infested wound beneath the tape.
Officials say the maggots had spread to the dog's internal organs, so it was euthanized.
Information from: KNOP-TV, http://www.knopnews2.com
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