Andrew Etzler, a man Boulder police arrested in December on allegations he strangled a French bulldog puppy, was charged Tuesday with aggravated cruelty to animals.
Etzler, 24, was arrested Dec. 6 following an investigation into allegations raised by a local veterinarian who in July reportedly treated an 8-week-old puppy belonging to Etzler that had suffered injuries consistent with strangulation.
Etzler denied choking the animal, which later died, police said.
On Tuesday, Etzler was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class-6 felony, and misdemeanor cruelty to animals, neglect or mistreatment.
Etzler, who is free on $5,000 bond, is next required to appear in court at the Boulder County Justice Center on Feb. 13 for a status conference in the case.
At the time of his arrest, Etzler was "romantically involved" with Caitlin Lesko. The fellow 24-year-old also is facing a felony animal cruelty charge in Boulder County related to her alleged neglect and mistreatment of a different French bulldog puppy.