Activists Attend Hearing for Miami Beach Man Facing Animal Cruelty Charges After Allegedly Killing Dog

Animal advocates and activists attended a hearing Friday for a Miami Beach man who allegedly killed a Yorkie dog he found inside a parking garage.

Sigman Hernandez didn't attend Friday's hearing, where a written plea of not guilty was entered for charges of animal cruelty with intent to kill.

The advocates stood outside the courthouse and later stood up inside the courtroom while wearing red shirts.

"I could not be more pleased, both the Miami Beach Police Department and the state attorney's office did their job well," advocate Ana Campos said.

Hernandez initially said he had found the dog beaten and strangled to death outside of a Publix off West Avenue, before during himself into police days later on April 19th. NBC 6 was the only station there when he arrived, with Hernandez telling us he was doing so "to clarify things and to come out clean.”

"I took it and I left it there thinking somebody would see it and help it out and it turns out the camera saw completely opposite," Hernandez told NBC 6 at the time.

The dog, named Lily, was taken to a Doral animal hospital with injuries to her ribs along with internal injuries and swelling around her neck from being strangled. She died two days later.

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