A man accused of burning his dog’s testicles last year at a home he shared with his grandmother in Rio Rancho pleaded guilty Monday to an extreme animal cruelty charge in state District Court in Sandoval County.
James Dickie pleaded to the fourth-degree felony as part of a plea agreement.
The charge carries up to 18 months in prison. However, the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office recommended in the plea agreement that Dickie receive probation and that he be required to enter an animal cruelty prevention program, according to the DA’s Office.
State District Judge Louis P. McDonald ordered a pre-sentence report on Monday. Dickie will be sentenced at a later date.
Dickie is accused of torturing a dog in January 2011 by burning its testicles because he could not afford to get the animal neutered. Dickie also is accused of dropping the dog several times and kicking it into a yucca plant outside his former home in Rio Rancho, according to a Rio Rancho police report.
Following the incident, Dickie enrolled himself in a drug rehabilitation program in California.
Dickie also has another unrelated larceny case pending in state District Court.
The larceny case involves the disappearance of about $11,000 worth of jewelry and other items from a Corrales home where he did odd jobs, according to Corrales police.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal