Man Accused of Running Over Estranged Wife's Chihuahua Pleads Not Guilty

Police accuse Michael David Parker of running over a Chihuahua in a case caught on a surveillance camera

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    A surveillance camera in an alley captures a man allegedly releasing a small dog from his car before reversing and driving forward, running over the dog. Police say the man intended to kill the dog by running it down. This video shows the moments before impact. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014)

    A man accused of intentionally running over his estranged wife’s Chihuahua pleaded not guilty Thursday to animal cruelty.

    Michael David Parker, 45, of Sherman Oaks, was arrested in January on suspicion of killing a dog named Cow Cow on Dec. 28. He was charged last week in connection with the case.

    Investigators recovered surveillance video from the alley near El Segundo Boulevard and Doty Avenue showing a man fitting Parker’s description placing the 5-year-old pup on the ground shortly before driving over it.

    Parker was later identified as the person in the video and arrested at work.

    His charges also include animal neglect and one misdemeanor count of petty theft of a dog.

    If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Parker on April 25 at the Airport Branch Courthouse.