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Edmonds man pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charge

Edmonds man pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charge »Play Video
George Beutler appears via video conference at his arraignment in Everett on May 16, 2013.
EVERETT, Wash. -- An Edmonds man charged with animal cruelty pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

George Beutler is the live-in boyfriend of Rose Adams, who herself faces two counts of animal cruelty after 14 dogs were seized from the couple's Edmonds home Tuesday night. The law says five dogs is the limit.

A video posted online of three dogs attacking another is the critical evidence the case of alleged animal cruelty against Adams, while police say a second video is grounds for charging Buetler, who is seen allegedly kicking a dog and dragging it by a hind leg.

Beutler claims he was only trying to break the dogs from fighting.

EVERETT, Wash. -- An Edmonds man charged with animal cruelty pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

George Beutler is the live-in boyfriend of Rose Adams, who herself faces two counts of animal cruelty after 14 dogs were seized from the couple's Edmonds home Tuesday night. The law says five dogs is the limit.

A video posted online of three dogs attacking another is the critical evidence the case of alleged animal cruelty against Adams, while police say a second video is grounds for charging Buetler, who is seen allegedly kicking a dog and dragging it by a hind leg.

Beutler claims he was only trying to break the dogs from fighting.

Adams' son and neighbors were also in court Thursday demanding justice for the animals.

"Too many dogs with owners that just don't give damn," said Logan Borliath, Adams' son.

A judge ruled Beutler remain held on $2,500 bond. Meanwhile, Adams did not appear in court, instead quarantined in the Snohomish County Jail for head lice. The judge ordered she remain held on $3,500 bond and her arraignment is now scheduled for Monday.

The 14 dogs remain in custody.

"Too many dogs with owners that just don't give damn," said Logan Borliath, Adams' son.

A judge ruled Beutler remain held on $2,500 bond. Meanwhile, Adams did not appear in court, instead quarantined in the Snohomish County Jail for head lice. The judge ordered she remain held on $3,500 bond and her arraignment is now scheduled for Monday.

The 14 dogs remain in custody.