Court action against alleged dog beater to resume June 17

Court proceedings against a local man accused of beating a dog on a road near Duncan, then threatening witnesses, have been adjourned until June 17.

Duncan court staff said that date will see a date booked for court to continue hearing the case against Duncan's Brandon Harrison. Reasons for Tuesday's adjournment were unavailable by press time.

Proceedings against the suspect began Monday in Duncan court.

In mid-December, Harrison pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the alleged April 21, 2013 beating of a Boston terrier/French bulldog cross those following the case have dubbed "Terry."

These include counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm; criminal harassment; causing an animal to continue to be in distress; and causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal.

Nearly 24,000 folks signed a petition — handed to Crown Dec. 2 — called Justice For Terry. It supports maximum sentencing against Harrison, if convicted.

The animal rights organization PETA has also written Crown, urging it to push for incarceration, an animal ownership prohibition, and anger-management classes for Harrison, if he is convicted.

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