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Man Pleads Not Guilty in Dog's Beating Death

July 08, 2005|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A Claremont man has pleaded not guilty to beating his dog to death with a pickax.

William Dale Costner, 52, entered the plea Wednesday to a single felony animal cruelty count. A preliminary hearing has been set for July 19. He remains in jail with bail set at $20,000.

Costner was arrested July 2 by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who spotted him standing over a shallow grave and striking a dog, prosecutors said. Costner was about a block from his home.

A veterinarian said the malnourished dog, which was about 9 years old, had been beaten to death with a pickax.

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