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Youngstown man suspected of beating Maltese dog to death with bricks

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William A. Williams pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Youngstown, Ohio courtroom to charges of animal cruelty for killing a tiny Maltese dog and domestic violence reported wkbn.com.

Judge Elizabeth Kolby ordered Williams to stay away from his girlfriend and set bond at $10,000.

On April 3, authorities were called to the residence at Lauderdale Ave and found the bloody body of the small Maltese dog named Gabby. The four-year-old dog belonged to the girlfriend's mother and had been beaten to death with two bricks found behind the garage of the home.

According to vindy.com, an examination of the deceased pet revealed Gabby had a skull fracture and three breaks in her hips. She had been hit at least three times in the head.

Chris Flak, an investigator with Animal Charity of Mahoning County, who helped in the investigation stated this was one of the worst cases of animal abuse he had ever seen.

Williams has a past history of criminal behavior and violence dating back to 2005 with the conviction of a reckless homicide. Since then he has also been charged with burglary, and misdemeanor drug possession.

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