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Alleged dog beater pleads not-guilty

Duncan’s Brandon Harrison pleaded not guilty this morning to charges in connection with the April 21 beating incident of a Boston terrier/French bulldog cross.

A lawyer spoke on behalf of Harrison, 26, in Duncan provincial court confirming to Crown the accused will be fighting all charges he’s facing. These include two counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm; two counts of criminal harassment; one count of causing an animal to continue to be in distress; and one count of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal.

A trial date has not yet been determined, but Harrison’s lawyer Seth A. Cooper of Infinity Law estimated it could span two-and-a-half days.

Harrison previously pleaded not guilty in provincial court in May to three separate charges in connection with the beating.

But following that plea, an extra charge was stacked against Harrison and two more witnesses have came forward, leading to this week’s second not-guilty plea.

Chris and Leigh Davies were witnesses to the April 21 incident on Cowichan Lake Road involving the pooch they call Terry.

“We are both very surprised at Brandon Scott Harrison’s not guilty plea entered today,” the Davies wrote in a statement following the decision. “However, we are now looking forward to the trial and more importantly, justice for little Terry, the poor abused Boston terrier mix. We sincerely hope that our day in court will bring about a better life for little Terry.”

According to the Davies, on April 21 a man pinned the dog by the neck to the road and punched him three times in the head, before throwing the dog into the ditch.

The Davies addressed the man and heated words were exchanged, including what Chris said was a nasty threat by the man to his wife when she said she was going to call 9-11.

“He said, ‘I’ll f---ing kill you if you dial 9-11,” Davies recalled in a previous article.

In the meantime, nearly 24,000 folks signed a petition, ‘Justice for Terry’ supporting maximum sentencing against Harrison.

On behalf of petition creator and animal cruelty legislation advocate Charlene Myers, Crofton’s Brandon Meyer handed the signatures to Crown Counsel Dec. 2.

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