Merced County men head to trial for slashing dog with machetes

May 20, 2015 12:53 PM by News Staff

MERCED, Calif. (AP) - Two Northern California men charged with tying a dog to a fire hydrant, slashing it with machetes and leaving it for dead were ordered to stand trial.

The Merced Sun-Star reports Wednesday that the Merced County District Attorney had charged 46-year-old Myron L. Pattillo and 29-year-old Aaron W. Carney for brandishing machetes to take the dog from a man who was walking it.

Pattillo pleaded guilty to a felony count of animal cruelty in connection with the May 1 attack. Pattillo has pleaded not guilty to a felony count of robbery.

Pattillo's wife said he wants to take responsibility for the incident and "knows what he did was wrong."

Carney's attorney asked the judge to reduce his client's $170,000 bail, arguing that Carney has no criminal history. The request was denied. Pattillo is also jailed on $170,000 bail.


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