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Hearings waived for Marietta man accused in dog abuse case

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Roger Owens (Source: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) Roger Owens (Source: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
Andra Grace with her puppies. (Dec. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina) Andra Grace with her puppies. (Dec. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Marietta man who was accused of abusing a dog was scheduled to appear in court Thursday and Friday, but both of his hearings were waived.

Roger Owens, 53, was scheduled to go before a judge Thursday for a preliminary hearing in connection with the ill treatment of animals case, but he chose to waive it, sending the case along in the judicial process.

Owens was charged on Dec. 17 with felony animal abuse following further investigation into witnesses' claims he dragged a dog behind the back of truck, according to deputies.

The dog, who was later named Andra Grace, was found and treated for injuries to her legs and feet. She also had to have surgery and a blood transfusion.

Initially, Owens was issued a uniform ordinance summons for cruelty to animals by Greenville County Animal Control. Deputies said after further investigation by the sheriff's office, animal control and consultation from the solicitor's office, the charges were upgraded.

Owens was also charged with two counts of driving under suspension and two counts of being a habitual traffic offender, deputies said. According to jail records, Owens has remained on jail on bond since his arrest.

Owens was also scheduled to be in court on Friday for a reduction of bond hearing, but he also waived that hearing. He remains in jail $30,000 bond for several charges, according to the jail's website.

Andra Grace was taken up to New York, along with her surviving puppies. Click here to read more about their story.

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