Gerald Anthony Ortega, Accused of Hanging Puppy, Back in Court Again
|Not the actual dog, no...|
He was given a May 13 date to next appear in court in Martinez for a "further arraignment," according to Mimi Lyster, the public information officer for the Contra Costa Superior Court.
When he'll enter a plea is unknown, though he may have a lawyer assigned to him as early as next week.
The Antioch man was arrested last week after a Concord woman accused him of being an abusive boyfriend for three years, threatening to kill her children, and burglarizing her home. During that break-in, Ortega allegedly strangled the dog with an electrical cord suspended from a ceiling light fixture.
Ortega faces charges of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant, cruelty to animals, and making terrorist threats, according to the Concord Police.