A Highspire man accused of slitting a dog's throat and leaving it to die in a wooded area near Middletown last month is headed to trial on animal cruelty and related charges.
Jeffery Scott Fletcher Jr., 21, waived his preliminary hearing before a district judge Monday and allowed all charges to proceed to Dauphin County Court.
Police said Fletcher slashed the dog's neck numerous times with a hunting knife after the owner, 31-year-old Josh Boyanowski of Middletown, asked him to kill the animal.
Boyanowski was also charged with cruelty to animals and has a preliminary hearing scheduled Feb. 10.
The dog was undergoing treatment at an animal hospital, but was later euthanized at the request of a state dog warden.
A Humane Society spokeswoman said the dog had badly attacked Boyanowski's daughter. She said state law required that the animal be put down if an investigation determined it had bitten someone and broken skin more than once.