SANTA CRUZ – The jury trial of a Boulder Creek man accused of mistreating more than 50 puppies and adult dogs on his rural property last summer will begin April 28, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Robert Brunette, who is representing himself, had filed a motion to suppress all evidence in the case based on allegations of an illegal search and seizure. A judge heard the motion Wednesday and denied the claim, so the trial date was set.
County Animal Services seized his dogs in early August after a neighbor reported seeing malnourished, sickly dogs on his Hartman Creek Road property. Brunette, a self-described dog breeder, was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. He faces four years in state prison.