The animal abuse trial in Crescent City, Calif. for the former owners of London the pit bull was postponed Tuesday because of confusion over one of the charges.
The judge asked Del Norte County District Attorney Jon Alexander if he wanted to proceed only on the second charge of torture, but Alexander refused.
The trial is tentatively set for Feb. 19.
Former owners Zachary Hinton and Sarah Anderson are each facing two counts of animal cruelty. Count one is for wounding and maiming, and count two is for torture because the two did not get medical care for London's injuries.
"We will seek redress for every count against him. And we are looking for state prison," Jon Alexander, the Del Norte County District Attorney, told KIEM TV.
London, whose front legs were amputated after he suffered horrific abuse, was there and ready to be in the courtroom.
Dr. Brandon Sherman, the vet who performed surgery on him, and Amanda Giese of Panda Paws Rescue, who cared for him after surgery, will testify in the trial of Zachary Hinton and Sarah Anderson.
London was just a pup when Amanda took him into her rescue for special needs dogs in Vancouver, Wash. He had been dropped off at a humane society in Crescent City, Calif. with severely fractured legs.
London – who was named after the London Olympics - had been so seriously injured that the California shelter didn’t have resources to care for him.
The pup’s front legs were shattered. At first it was believed that London had fallen out a window, but witnesses said his previous owners had thrown him to the floor because he had chewed on the couch.
After an investigation by the Crescent City Police Department, Hinton and Anderson, both 20, were arrested. Both pleaded not guilty.
In Vancouver, Dr. Brandon Sherman at Animal Care Clinic determined that the best possible option for London’s recovery and long-term quality of life was to remove his two front legs.
Mechanics from a Northwest company called MotoCorsa made London a Ducati-inspired custom dog wheelchair and he hasn't slowed down since.
If convicted, Hinton and Anderson each face three years and a $20,000 fine per count of animal abuse, neglect, and torture.
London now enjoys a happy life in Portland with his new "mom" and canine buddy Max.