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Man accused of bludgeoning dog with bat pleads not guilty

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According to Monday's publication of the Long Island Newsday, the Dix Hills, N.Y., man who allegedly brutalized a dog with a baseball bat, has pleaded not guilty to charges of larceny and animal cruelty.

On Monday, the lawyer for 26-year-old Steven Errante also successfully argued for a psychiatric evaluation to be completed to see if the accused man is capable of understanding the proceedings against him.

Errante was arrested in late December for the alleged act of cruelty against the Labrador/Rottweiler mix dog who ultimately died from her severe injuries. Prosecutors contend that Errante stole the dog in October and then, in December, beat her almost to death.

The dog, named "Beauty," suffered horrific wounds, including multiple broken bones and internal injuries; the alleged abuser is also facing a charge for having sex with her.

According to court papers, Errante admitted to the authorities that he beat the dog with a baseball bat.

Prior story about this cruelty case here.

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