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    Man Accused Of Beating Dog Pleads Not Guilty

    Tuesday, May 5 2009 9:02 PM EDT2009-05-06 01:02:59 GMT
    An Orange County man who allegedly beat his dog with a 3-foot switch in Del Mar because the canine ate his lunch pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of intentional cruelty to animals, prosecutors said today. 
    An Orange County man who allegedly beat his dog with a 3-foot switch in Del Mar because the canine ate his lunch pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of intentional cruelty to animals, prosecutors said today. 

An Orange County man faces a felony animal abuse charge for allegedly beating his dog with a 3-foot switch at Del Mar Horse Park because the canine ate his lunch, an animal control official said today.

San Diego County Animal Services personnel arrested Gabriel Miguel Moreno, 39, on Tuesday morning when he showed up at the department's Carlsbad shelter to pick up his 8-year-old Australian cattle dog, Bandito, said Lt. Dan DeSousa, a public information officer for the agency.

The San Juan Capistrano resident admitted beating his dog with a 1-inch-diameter eucalyptus branch Sunday afternoon in a stable at the northern San Diego equestrian complex, where he was working for a horse owner, according to DeSousa.

Someone who heard the animal's yelps confronted Moreno, then called in authorities. By the time animal services personnel arrived, Moreno had gone, leaving Bandito behind.

The dog was treated for a laceration and hemorrhaging around his left eye and is expected to fully recover.

Moreno, who was identified as Bandito's owner through the animal's registration tag, voluntarily relinquished his custody of the animal, which will be put up for adoption, DeSousa said.

Moreno was booked into county jail and has since posted bail.

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