SIOUX CITY -- Witnesses testified Friday in Woodbury County District Court that a 5-month-old American bulldog puppy was bleeding from the mouth and nose, shaking and unable to move after Bobby Loggins hit it multiple times in the face at his 23rd Street home.
The 35-year-old Sioux City man, charged with animal torture, an aggravated misdemeanor, stood trial before Judge Gary Wenell on Friday for allegedly killing his puppy in June by punching it about 30 times in the face for urinating on the carpet at a party.
Loggins, who waived his right to a jury trial, was also charged with making a false police report, a simple misdemeanor. Wenell dismissed that charge when Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Mark Campbell said the facts of the case did not fit the charge.
Loggins' friend Chad Peterson testified that on June 9 he drank beer and smoked marijuana with Loggins while fishing on the Missouri River. Later that day at Loggins' home, Peterson said, he saw Loggins feed the puppy, Sire, "bowl after bowl of beer." When the puppy urinated on the dining room carpet, Peterson said, he saw Loggins straddle it, put his arm around it and punch it more than 10 times in the head. Loggins then picked the puppy up by its tail and ears and took it outside through a back door, according to Peterson.
As Peterson testified about the puppy's condition, Loggins, dressed in a tan collared shirt, looked on. Sioux City Animal Control owner Cindy Rarrat and several animal rescue volunteers sat quietly and listened. A woman seated behind Rarrat covered her face with her hand.
Peterson testified that when Loggins brought the puppy back inside the house and set it on the kitchen floor, it couldn't walk and was bleeding.
"To me it looked like the dog was paralyzed," he said. "He was shaking. It looked like convulsions. He was coughing up blood."
While Peterson knelt down next to the puppy and tried to comfort it, he said, Loggins stood there and showed no remorse for what had happened.
Peterson said he confronted Loggins about his reaction and that Loggins shoved him into a chair and told him to leave.
That's when Peterson said he peddled his bike to Kum & Go at 14th and Court streets and called police.
Under cross-examination by Loggins' attorney, John Moeller, Peterson admitted that he didn't do anything to stop Loggins from hitting Sire and denied telling police that Loggins hit the dog 30 times.
Loggins' wife, Rochelle Loggins, said her husband "gave (the dog) a few taps on the head" before grabbing it by the collar and escorting it outside. When Loggins carried the dog back into the house, Rochelle Loggins testified, it was bleeding, coughing and wheezing. She said Loggins told her he had slammed the door into the dog. Peterson, however, was under the assumption that something else had happened and they asked him to leave, she said.
Rochelle Loggins testified that she tried to call a veterinarian and help the puppy breathe but that it died before police officers arrived.
Kollin Jones said he witnessed Loggins rub the dog's nose into the carpet, before pinning it down and slapping it five or six times. Jones testified that he, his girlfriend, Alexandra Groves, Loggins and his wife and Peterson had a conversation about dogs drinking beer, but that he never saw Loggins give Sire any beer.
Jones, who told police that Loggins "took it way to far" when he hit the dog, testified that Loggins was "devastated" by what had transpired.
"He was just scared and sad," he said.
Wenell will determine Loggins' guilt or innocence after attorneys on both sides file briefs making their case for an outcome.
Tracking the news:
What we knew: Bobby Loggins, 35, is charged with animal torture, an aggravated misdemeanor, for allegedly hitting his American bulldog puppy multiple times at his Sioux City home in June, resulting in its death.
What's new: Loggins' bench trial was held Friday in Woodbury County District Court.
What's next: The prosecution and defense will submit briefs by Dec. 31 regarding what they believe the outcome should be and then Judge Gary Wenell will determine whether Loggins is guilty of the crime.