LOS ANGELES — A man accused of blowing apart a dog’s jaw with a big firecracker pleaded innocent Wednesday to animal cruelty and other charges.
Gil Raul Delara, 19, allegedly placed a so-called M-80 in the dog’s mouth on Dec. 30 and lit the fuse, police said in a statement.
The dog’s entire lower jaw was blown off and the animal was put down at a veterinary hospital, according to Officer Eduardo Funes.
Delara was arrested by detectives from the criminal conspiracy and explosives section, who also found additional M-80s and fireworks.
County prosecutors charged him with 11 counts of possession of a destructive device and one count of animal cruelty.
Lynwood Superior Court Judge Xenophon F. Lang Jr. ordered Delara held in lieu of $500,000 bail. Another hearing in the case was set for Jan. 9 in Compton.