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MILLBROOK — The trial in a disturbing Millbrook animal cruelty case, where a dog was dragged behind a vehicle, has been move to January.

Paul Wayne Patty, 56, of Millbrook, is charged with a misdemeanor animal cruelty/neglect charge, Millbrook Municipal Court records show. On April 2, he allegedly dragged a dog behind a vehicle as he drove along River Oaks Road, police reports show. Officers followed a “blood trail” about a quarter of a mile long on the street and found the dog, Police Chief P.K. Johnson said at the time.

The dog, a Labrador retriever-bulldog mix, received extensive injures including abrasions on his sides and stomach, and his foot pads and nails being worn away. From the beginning, Patty told authorities he didn’t know the dog had been tied up to the vehicle.

He maintains his innocence, said his attorney, Charles Turnipseed.

“The injuries this poor dog receive were heartbreaking, there is no getting around that,” Turnipseed said. “But everything I have seen in the case shows that the evidence doesn’t meet the burden. There is absolutely no evidence that shows Mr. Patty did this intentionally.”

After several weeks of treatment at Blue Ridge Animal Clinic, the dog has made a remarkable recovery. Now named Remi, he was adopted by Caitlin Barnett, who works as a veterinary technician at the clinic.

Patty’s case has been delayed several times. It’s not unusual for a case to be delayed, because of the court’s heavy caseload, said Tammy Pugh, chief magistrate. Millbrook Municipal Court meets two nights a week, with docket call being at 5:30 p.m.

“Mr. Patty has requested a trial,” she said. “We try to limit the docket to 20 trials a session, otherwise we would be in court to 2 o’clock or 3 o’clock in the morning.”

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