Accused dog abuser remains in jail

August 19, 2008 9:11:19 AM PDT
A judge decided there is enough evidence for accused dog abuser, Robert Brunette, to go to trial. The judge said the Brunette can get out on his own recognizance. ABC7 News has learned Brunette refused to sign those conditions and will stay in jail until the trial.

Brunette was arrested July 31st and charged with ten counts of animal neglect of more then 50 dogs on his Boulder Creek property. During Thursday's preliminary hearing, the prosecution showed nearly 90 exhibits; many of them gruesome images of abused dogs both alive and dead.

The judge said Brunette wasn't a flight risk so he offered him three conditions; that Brunette not own dogs, his property is subject to searches at any time and he has to check in every three days to let the court know of his location.

The jail chief has confirmed that Brunette has refused those conditions, so now he will stay in jail until his next court hearing on September 10th.

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