Protestors picket alleged Cary dog stabber's court hearing

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Protestors gather at the courthouse in Raleigh to demand "Justice for Koda".

A scheduled court hearing for a Cary man accused of using a sword to kill a dog last month drew about two dozen protestors Monday morning demanding "Justice for Koda."

Police say 47-year-old Douglas Joseph Hagler killed the Siberian Husky while it was tied to a tree in the 500-block of South Harrison Avenue.

Douglas Joseph Hagler (image courtesy Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)


The dog had apparently bitten Hagler's roommate before it happened.

Hagler is charged with felony cruelty to animals. His scheduled court appearance was continued to a later date.

The killing of the dog has sparked a Facebook page called "Justice for Koda" and an online petition asking for Hagler to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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