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San Diego man pleads not guilty in beating deaths of three dogs

May 9, 2011 |  5:41 pm

3dogs A 25-year-old San Diego man was arraigned Monday on three felony charges for allegedly beating his girlfriend's three dogs to death.

Patrick Caleb Land pleaded not guilty. He had been arrested in North Carolina and extradited to San Diego.

He is charged with beating to death a white shepherd mix named Jackie, a black-and-tan mixed breed named Pikanik and a Great Pyrenees and Golden Retriever mix named Josh. The  deaths occurred in September and October.

Land faces up to four years and four months in prison if convicted on all counts, according to Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis. He is being held in San Diego County jail in  lieu of $250,000 bail.

Land's DNA was found underneath one of the dog's nails, said county Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson.

-- Tony  Perry in San Diego

Photo: (left to right) Pikanik, Josh and Jackie. Credit: San Diego County Department of Animal Services