UPDATE: Man Accused of Killing Dog with a Hammer Pleads Not Guilty

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UPDATE: Mon 11:27 AM, Feb. 10, 2014

A Bancroft man accused of killing his dog with a hammer has pleaded not guilty.

Cody Phillips, 26, said he hit the dog out of frustration as it frequently went to the bathroom in the house. According to the criminal complaint, Phillips said as he pulled the dog out of the house it growled at him.

Phillips allegedly told investigators he hit the dog with a hammer out of frustration but then killed it because it began spasming and he felt bad for it.

Phillips is free on bond and will return to court on Feb. 24.

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UPDATE: Tues 3:33 PM, Jan. 28, 2014

Portage County Assistant District Attorney Cass Cousins tells NewsChannel 7 Cody Phillips' reasoning for missing his initial appearance date Monday was due to a misunderstanding between he and his attorney.

Online court records show Phillips' attorney could not make the initial appearance Monday, but Phillips' was scheduled to be there.

ADA Cousins said Phillips' attorney explained Tuesday he was also under the impression his client would not be at Monday's hearing.

A new initial appearance date has been set for Feb. 3.

Phillips is free on a $500 cash bond.

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UPDATE: Tues 11:15 AM, Jan. 28, 2014

The Portage County Sheriff's Department tells NewsChannel 7 Cody Phillips is now in custody.

An initial appearance court date has been rescheduled for Tuesday.

A warrant had been issued for Phillips' arrest after he failed to show up for his court date Monday.

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UPDATE: Mon 4:53 PM, Jan. 27, 2014

A Bancroft man accused of killing his dog allegedly told investigators he hit the dog with a hammer out of frustration but then killed it because it began spasming and he felt bad for it.

Cody Phillips said he hit the dog out of frustration as it frequently went to the bathroom in the house.

According to the criminal complaint, Phillips said as he pulled the dog out of the trailer it growled at him.

Phillips reportedly told investigators everything happened so fast that it was hard for him to explain it, but that he just lost it.

According to the criminal complaint, Phillips said that after the dog growled he picked up a hammer and struck it in the face. He said that after the first blow, the dog, Clyde sat down and was spasming and shaking on the ground.

He told investigators it was the worst thing he had ever seen. Phillips said that he wasn’t mad anymore, and that he only felt bad. He said he then struck Clyde twice more in the head with the hammer in order to kill it.

Phillips missed his initial court appearance date Monday. A bench warrant has now been issued for his arrest.

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UPDATE: Mon. 3:06 PM, Jan. 27, 2014

A 26-year-old Bancroft man expected to be charge Monday with his dog's death has failed to show up for his initial appearance.

Prosecutors say Cody Phillips killed his dog with a hammer Jan. 19.

Phillips had been free on a $500 cash bond.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Tues 7:58 PM, Jan. 21, 2014

A Bancroft man accused of beating his dog to death with a hammer is scheduled to be formally charged Monday in Portage County Circuit Court.

Cody Phillips, 26, is free on a $500 cash bond.

Prosecutors say Phillips struck the dog Jan. 19 after it had an accident inside his trailer home.

During a bond hearing Jan. 21, a judge ordered that he not possess any animals and that he familiarize himself with local resources he can get in contact with if he know longer wants to care for an animal.


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