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UPDATED: Orting man pleads guilty to beating neighbor’s dog with hatchet

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 16, 2012 at 5:34 am |
July 16, 2012 9:51 am

UPDATE: Knowles pleaded guilty to first-degree animal cruelty this morning. He is expected to be sentenced within two months.

INITIAL POST: An Orting man accused of assaulting his neighbor’s dog with a hatchet is scheduled to appear in court today.

Ricky Lee Knowles, 55, pleaded not guilty in March to first-degree animal cruelty after police found the seriously injured dog tied to a pole in his garage on Williams Street NW.

Animal control officers had to cut a piece of wire matted with dog hair from around the dog’s neck. Police found blood-splattered cutting tools, dog treats and a bloody garbage can when they served a search warrant at Knowles’ home.

The dog, Kona, suffered a crushed skull and broken jaw, among other injuries. Kona is back home with his family now.

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