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November 21, 2014: Man Charged with Killing Dog in Long Beach

Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer

A 27-year-old man accused of killing a friend’s dog pleaded not guilty today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. 

Rubin Powell III (dob 9/3/87) has been charged with a felony count of cruelty to an animal in case NA100543. 

At today’s arraignment, the defendant appeared before Judge Arthur Jean at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Long Beach. 

Deputy District Attorney Paul Guthrie, who is prosecuting the case, said on Aug. 11 a person reportedly observed Powell kick a dog down a flight of stairs at an apartment building. The person then called police. 

When authorities arrived at Powell’s home to investigate, they discovered a dead dog.  The defendant was immediately arrested in connection with the incident, but was released on $20,000 bail.  

The prosecutor said the deceased dog was a Beagle named Sage and his owner was Powell’s friend. 

The defendant is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 2 for a preliminary hearing setting at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Long Beach in Department 1. 

If convicted as charged, Powell faces a maximum sentence of three years in county jail.  

The case is being investigated by Long Beach Animal Care Services.