Glennie man pleads not guilty to animal cruelty

HARRISVILLE A Glennie man pleaded not guilty for the second time to charges he neglected and tortured dogs and horses in his care last spring.

Former U.S. Marine Tim Palowski appeared in front of 23rd Judicial Circuit Court Judge William Miles Monday at the Alcona County Courthouse to enter the new pleas. Miles set a preliminary examination on the charges for Jan. 6, 2014.

The 32-year-old originally was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 16 in a lower court, but each time the case is transferred to a new court, the process starts over again, Alcona County Prosecutor Tom Weichel said.

Defendants have the option of waiving their right to a preliminary hearing, court officials said.

Palowski was arrested May 20 and June 1 after repeatedly being warned to care for six horses and five dogs at a home he rented at 3037 W. Flower Road, Glennie. He also was ticketed for failing to license the dogs.

In the early morning of June 3, he was arrested for speeding, and driving a car with a suspended license.

Eighty-first District Court Judge Allen Yenior was given the case Aug. 7 after Palowski, through his attorney, asked to have Probate Court Judge Laura Frawley removed from the case. The abuse case was later transferred to the higher court to be heard by Miles.

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