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Lawyer: Wrong person charged in deaths of 2 stolen dogs

March 21, 2018 GMT
In this undated photo released by the Porter County Sheriff's Office, Anthony Priestas is seen. Authorities say the 23-year-old northwestern Indiana man stole two pugs from a home and beat them to death in a rural area. (Porter County Sheriff's Office via AP)
In this undated photo released by the Porter County Sheriff's Office, Anthony Priestas is seen. Authorities say the 23-year-old northwestern Indiana man stole two pugs from a home and beat them to death in a rural area. (Porter County Sheriff's Office via AP)

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A lawyer for a northwestern Indiana man accused of stealing two dogs from a home and beating them to death says authorities charged the wrong person.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports family members of 23-year-old Anthony Priestas testified Tuesday they were with him or knew of his whereabouts at the time of the alleged crimes.

Defense attorney Andy Kyres says authorities “have the wrong guy.” Prosecutors are moving forward with the case.

Priestas, of Hammond, was arrested this month and charged with two counts of killing a domestic animal. He remains jailed in Porter County.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Department says Priestas stole two pug dogs from a Lake County home on Feb. 21 and drove them to rural Porter County. Authorities say Priestas was seen beating the dogs before throwing them into water.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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