Alleged dog abuser violates release conditions

August 28, 2008 5:52:12 PM PDT
A man charged with abusing more than 40 dogs on his Santa Cruz County property is once again wanted by police.

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for Robert Brunette. Brunette was released last week after signing an agreement that allowed him to return home while he awaits trial.

The District Attorney told ABC7 that people have recently spotted Brunette walking two dogs, but under the terms of his release he is prohibited from caring for animals.

Brunette has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of animal cruelty and neglect.