Michelle Southern reporting.
The trial for a man accused of tying up and abandoning a baby pit-bull in October 2013 begins in Caddo District Court today, and there are plenty of angry citizens expected to be in attendance. The dog is now known as Braveheart and he is owned by Bo Spataro who says 32-year-old Gabriel Lee, charged with cruelty to an animal, has shown zero remorse.
"He never tried to apologize to anybody or anything," said Spataro. "In fact when a reporter tried to ask him a question when he bonded out he said, 'It's just a dog.'"
According to authorities, when he was 4 months old, Braveheart was found chained inside a storage unit in Shreveport and it was believed he'd been there for several days as he was barely alive.
Spataro says they are hoping Lee gets the maximum sentence allowed.
"I'd also like to see him not allowed to have animals for a certain amount of time or ever again," said Spataro.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office issued a release reminding those who plan to come to the trial no public demonstrations are allowed in or near the Courthouse. They say signs, buttons or t-shirts addressing the case are prohibited.
Spataro says nothing like that is planned and they are asking that anyone who attend be a silent voice for Braveheart in court.
"There will be no excuse for someone to do something that could possibly cause a mistrial and all of this effort go to waste," said Spataro.