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  • Dog Groomer Abuse Trial Set for November

    A former Iowa City dog groomer accused of kicking a dog while it was in his care will face trial in November.

    Lucas Van Orden V, 22, is facing an aggravated misdemeanor charge of animal abuse for a July 9 incident when police said he kicked a corgi named Jasper while grooming it. The dog suffered broken ribs and bruised lungs, but is now recovering.

    His trial has been set for Nov. 1 and he has entered a plea of not guilty, according to court documents filed online this week. He has also waived his right to a speedy trial, documents show.

    Previously, Van Orden had been charged with animal neglect, a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a fine, but prosecutors dismissed it in favor of the animal abuse charge. Van Orden could spend up to two years in prison if convicted.

    The Creature Comfort Veterinary Center, where Van Orden was employed, dismissed him following the incident, according to a statement from the business last month. Van Orden's father, Lucas Van Orden IV, is the business owner.
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    I read some other stories that say in this state expect pretty mild punishment based on past cases.