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Woman charged with using rock, shoelaces to abuse dog

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A woman pleaded not guilty to two counts of animal cruelty after her pit bull mix was found barely able to move with injuries to its head and eyes, authorities said.

Desiree Lenore Martinez, 41, allegedly used a rock and shoelaces as "dangerous weapons" to inflict the injuries, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Authorities did not elaborate on how the objects were allegedly used.

Martinez, who pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, is due back in court Feb. 24.

She is the second person to be charged with abusing a dog in Los Angeles this week. On Wednesday, a 17-year-old was charged with four felony counts of animal cruelty after prosecutors say he made several videos of himself abusing his family's 2-year-old Weimaraner and then posted them on a social media website.

Prosecutors in the Weimaraner case did not specify the nature of the alleged abuse. The dog, renamed Charlie, has since been removed from the teen's family and placed in an adoptive home, prosecutors said.

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