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Michael Parker pleads not guilty to running over estranged wife's dog

Michael Parker pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony counts of animal cruelty and animal neglect and a misdemeanor charge of petty theft of a dog.
March 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Michael David Parker, 45, accused of intentionally driving over his estranged wife's Chihuahua in Hawthorne, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony counts of animal cruelty and animal neglect and a misdemeanor charge of petty theft of a dog.

The animal cruelty charge alleges Parker used his car as a deadly weapon.

Security video allegedly shows Parker running over the dog in a Hawthorne alley on December 28.

Parker took a 5-year-old Chihuahua named "Cow Cow" to an alley near El Segundo Boulevard and Doty Avenue, backed up his vehicle, then accelerated rapidly and steered directly toward the dog, prosecutors allege.

A nearby resident found the dog and put its body in a bag, according to Hawthorne Police, who said they later tracked down surveillance video capturing the crime.

Parker allegedly took another of his ex-wife's dogs, but that dog escaped and survived.

If convicted on all counts Parker faces a possible sentence of five years in state prison.


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