Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A Long Beach man accused of killing a friend’s dog pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony animal cruelty charge.

Rubin Powell III, 27, reportedly was seen kicking a dog down a flight of stairs at a Long Beach apartment building Aug. 11, according to Deputy District Attorney Paul Guthrie.

Authorities discovered a beagle named Sage dead when they arrived at Powell’s residence, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The dog belonged to a friend of Powell’s, according to the prosecutor.

Powell was immediately arrested, but later released on $20,000 bond.

He is due back in a Long Beach courtroom Dec. 2.

If convicted of the felony count, Powell faces up to three years in county jail, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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