A man who allegedly injured and left his dog to die was charged with animal cruelty in Placer County Superior Court on Monday.
Mark Pope was assigned a public defender during his court appearance, according to Lynette Low, a spokeswoman for the Placer County District Attorney's Office.
The Auburn Journal reported that Pope allegedly shot his dog in the face with a pellet gun, broke its jaw and then tied the animal to a tree in the woods.
The dog, named Frankie, was later rescued by campers and adopted in January. Pope's next court date is scheduled for March 21 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 13.