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Foresthill-area “Frankie” dog-cruelty case moves forward

Defendant makes first appearance in Placer County court
By: Journal Staff
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The former owner of a dog severely injured then tied to a tree and left to die has made his initial appearance in Placer County Superior Court on an animal cruelty charge.

The case of “Frankie,” a terrier-cross who has since been adopted by a family, sparked outrage among animal lovers and, earlier this year, a decision by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office to file a charge.

On Monday, Foresthill-area resident Mark Steven “Redneck” Pope appeared in court for the first time on a felony charge filed in January that alleges he “had charge and custody of (Frankie) and shot his dog in the face with a pellet gun, breaking its jaw.”

Frankie was abandoned in the woods, tied to a tree and subjected to “needless suffering,” the District Attorney’s Office is alleging.

In a brief appearance, Pope was appointed a public defender to represent his case. His next court date is 8:30 a.m. March 21 in Department 13 for an early settlement conference.

Frankie was rescued by campers on Labor Day weekend after they heard the dog near where they were staying.

Cared for by Scooter’s Pals adoption center in Grass Valley, Frankie recovered and was adopted in January.