Man accused of beating puppy makes first court appearance

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The man accused of severely beating his ex-girlfriend's puppy appeared in court Friday morning. It was the first appearance for Anthony Spidle.

The 21-year-old appeared via video from the Salt Lake County Jail.

The judge read the felony charge against him and asked him if he could afford an attorney. Spindle said no, he could not.

The judge appointed counsel and set the next court date, a roll call hearing, for April 7.

No one was in attendance in the courtroom connected to the case to watch the appearance.

He's accused of beating up a 6-month-old puppy to get back at his girlfriend and recording it on her voice mail.

Jail documents say he beat the dog because his ex-girlfriend didn't love him anymore.

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