An East Los Angeles man who allegedly shot and killed his two dogs pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges.
Emilio Alvarez, 40, is charged with two counts of cruelty to an animal and one count of discharge of a firearm with gross negligence.
The criminal complaint includes an allegation that Alvarez personally used a handgun during the crime.
Alvarez was taken into custody Monday evening by sheriff’s deputies who ordered him to leave his home following a 911 call about a man with a gun who had killed a dog at a home in the 400 block of Betty Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Deputies discovered a handgun inside the home and the bodies of two dogs with gunshot wounds — one in a cardboard box and another in a trash bag, according to prosecutors.
Alvarez, who has remained behind bars since his arrest, is due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom July 24, when a hearing is set to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
If convicted as charged, he could face up to six years and four months in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.