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Cody Phillips waives preliminary hearing in dog killing case

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A central Wisconsin man accused of killing his dog with a hammer is scheduled to enter a plea next Monday to his felony mistreatment charge.

26-year-old Cody Phillips of Bancroft waived a preliminary hearing Monday, and a Portage County judge ordered him to stand trial.

According to prosecutors, Phillips woke up January 19th to find that his dog defecated and urinated in his mobile home -- and when he tried pulling the pet outside with his collar, the dog growled and Phillips panicked.

The dog was later found dead with blows to the head.

He missed a court appearance last Monday, and was arrested on a warrant the next day.

Phillips' lawyer, Jared Redfield, tells the Stevens Point Journal it was all a misunderstanding. Redfield said he rescheduled the court date with one prosecutor -- but another prosecutor was handling the case last week and was not aware of the arrangement.

For now, Phillips is free on a $500 cash bond.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)