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Daly City PetSmart Employee Pleads Not Guilty To Fracturing Dog's Skull

DALY CITY (CBS SF) -- An employee of a Daly City pet store has been accused of abusing a dog named "Jelly" that suffered skull fractures.

Marco Ureta, 19, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty at his arraignment in a San Mateo County courtroom Wednesday, according to prosecutors.

Staff at PetSmart found Jelly, a 4-year-old American Eskimo, unresponsive in his kennel on July 5 and tried to figure out what happened.

While reviewing security video, they allegedly found footage of Ureta violently slamming the animal on a concrete floor a couple hours earlier.

Investigators say that Jelly suffered internal injuries and two skull fractures.

Ureta was released on $50,000 bail. He returns to court for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Oct. 29.

Defense attorney Tennille Duffy was not immediately available for comment on behalf of her client.

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