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March 3, 2013
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Two dog cases in court Monday

A Nevada County man who amputated his dog’s leg in a home surgery is set for sentencing Monday morning, while a Foresthill man accused of beating and shooting his dog will be arraigned in a Roseville courtroom.

Timothy Looper had pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of animal neglect in exchange for a proposed sentence of no more than 60 days, but did not admit his guilt.

Looper brought the dog, named Bart, into Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital after a dog twice his size had attacked it.

Bart had previously been attacked and left with a leg that was so severely injured, it needed to be amputated. Looper didn’t have the funds at the time and decided to amputate the leg himself. The wound was infected, but the vets at Mother Lode were able to treat it.

Looper originally was charged with a felony count of animal cruelty, but the charge was amended in Nevada County Superior Court to reduce it to a misdemeanor count of animal neglect by failure to provide adequate veterinary care.

Looper is eligible for alternative sentencing, and must forfeit Bart to Sammie’s Friends, which runs the animal shelter for Nevada County. He must also pay almost $750 in restitution to Sammie’s Friends for Bart’s care. His sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Monday.

A number of local activists are expected to attend the 8:30 a.m. arraignment of Mark Pope, who has been charged in Placer County Superior Court with felony animal cruelty.

The little terrier mix, which has been renamed Frankie, was found by a group of campers Sept. 14, 2011, near Foresthill after they heard him whimpering for two days.

The dog had been beaten, shot in the face multiple times with a pellet gun. His jaw was broken with parts of the bone missing, and the toes on one foot were broken.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian in the Bay Area and was traced to Scooter’s Pals, a Nevada County “last chance” rescue organization that had microchipped Frankie about six months before adopting him out.

After a lengthy investigation by Placer County Animal Control, the Placer County District Attorney’s Office filed a felony complaint against Mark Steven Pope, aka “Redneck” Pope. He is set for arraignment in Roseville.

Frankie underwent several surgeries and has been adopted by a Napa family. For more information on Frankie, visit his Facebook page at

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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The Union Updated Mar 3, 2013 01:43PM Published Mar 5, 2013 12:52AM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.