Trial date set in dog-shooting case |

Trial date set in dog-shooting case

The trial in a felony dog-shooting case is expected to start in Placer County during the third week of January.

Mark Steven Pope, aka "Redneck" Pope, was charged with animal cruelty in the case that drew substantial local attention after the small terrier mix, renamed Frankie, was rehabilitated by Scooter's Pals' volunteers.

Frankie was found tied to a tree by a group of campers Sept. 14, 2012, near Foresthill after they heard him whimpering for two days.

In addition to having been beaten, the dog had been 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 traced to Scooter's Pals, a Nevada County "last chance" rescue organization that had microchipped Frankie about six months before adopting him out.

Scooter's Pals founder Susan Wallace said Pope adopted the dog, named Butch at the time, from her organization about eight months before the shooting.

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Pope will be in Placer County Superior Court on Jan. 17, and the trial is expected to be set the following week, said Frankie's adoptive mother, Claudia Alexander.

"Things are moving forward," she said, adding the trial is expected two to four days.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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