East L.A. man pleads not guilty to fatally shooting two dogs

East Los Angeles  — A 40-year-old man charged in connection with fatally shooting two dogs at his home pleaded not guilty today, said the L.A. County District Attorney.

Emilio Alvarez was taken into custody on July 9 after sheriff’s deputies responded to calls that a man had shot and killed a dog in the 400 block of Betty Avenue.  The bodies of two dogs — one in a cardbox, the other in a trash bag — with gunshot wounds were allegedly found inside Alvarez’ home. Deputies also said they found a gun in the home.

Alvarez has been charged with  two felony counts of cruelty to an animal and one count of discharge of a firearm with gross negligence. The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a handgun, during the commission of the crime.

Alvarez is scheduled to return to court on July 24 for a preliminary hearing.

If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum possible sentence of six years and four months in state prison.

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  1. If he is actually guilty, there is no punishment too great for him.

  2. Unless I’m mistaken, that map seems to have no relation to the story other than the fact that it shows the Dogtown neighborhood.

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