Man Claims He Didn't Kill Girlfriend's Dog

A 27-year-old man accused of beating his girlfriend's 7-pound dog  Godiva to death pleaded not guilty to felony animal abuse charges in San  Mateo County Superior Court this morning.

Ryan Reeser was charged with killing the 6-year-old miniature  pinscher about three weeks after the animal's Nov. 20 death.

Prosecutors say on that day he punched Godiva's face and body,  dislodged the dog's eye from its socket and dumped the mortally wounded  animal in a plastic storage container before leaving it to die a block from  his home, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Reeser allegedly told his girlfriend that Godiva had gotten out  and was nowhere to be found.

The next day, his girlfriend's father found Godiva's body, and  Peninsula Humane Society's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  investigators allegedly found blood in Reeser's house leading to the laundry  room area, Wagstaffe said.

The district attorney's office charged Reeser with two separate  felony counts of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of destroying or  hiding evidence after obtaining necropsy results and conducting several  interviews with him, according to Wagstaffe.

The necropsy showed the dog suffered bruising in 13 different  places and died of blood loss and injuries incurred from blunt trauma.

Reeser remains out of custody in lieu of $100,000 bail. His  preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 29. He faces up to three years in  state prison if convicted.

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