Beauchamp Enters Alford Plea in Shot Collie Case

Published 08/25 2014 04:31PM

Updated 08/25 2014 04:33PM

Matthew Beauchamp was charged with torturing the dog named 'Lad
Matthew Beauchamp was charged with torturing the dog named 'Lad", but entered an Alford Plea
The 28-year-old Daviess County man accused of shooting his dog in the face then leaving him to starve, enters an Alford plea ahead of his trial, meaning he doesn't admit guilt but concedes there is evidence to convict him.

In February, Matthew Beauchamp was charged with torturing his dog "Lad." The collie was found shot in the face near Maceo, Kentucky, then later flown to Louisville by an animal rescue group called Arrow Fund.

Beauchamp's trial was set to begin today but he entered into a three year diversion agreement. He is not allowed to carry a firearm or own a pet. If he's caught violating those rules, he will have to spend three years in prison.

Lad survived several surgeries before he passed away in June.

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