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Update at 1:24 p.m.: BELLINGHAM — The man accused of killing a neighbor’s dog in Bellingham pleaded not guilty Friday to an animal cruelty charge.
KOMO reports David William Latham remains free on $20,000 bail.
Authorities say he shot the dog Sept. 13 because he was annoyed by barking. But the corgi named Molly wasn’t the barking dog.
Original post: — A judge says it’s OK for the Whatcom Humane Society to continue to post on Facebook about a man accused of shooting a dog in Bellingham.
The lawyer for David William Latham told a judge Thursday that a post on the society’s website was inappropriate because it called for Latham to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Attorney Adrian Madrone said an official enforcement agency should not take a position on the case.
“I don’t think this would be a question if this were a medical examiner’s office post,” Madrone said.
The Bellingham Herald reports the judge denied the request for a restraining order and said the court couldn’t limit the organization’s right to free speech.
Latham is charged with felony animal cruelty in the Sept. 13 shooting of a corgi named Molly in a neighbor’s yard.
From The Bellingham Herald: A dog had been barking and whining for hours in the Puget neighborhood before David William Latham, 55, grabbed a small-caliber rifle and walked across the street to a knee-high fence in his neighbor’s backyard. Without saying a word, he fired once into the chest of 13-month-old Molly right in front of her owners, according to charging papers.
The corgi died a half hour later. She wasn’t the dog that had been barking.