Preliminary hearing delayed for man accused of dragging dog through McCarran Airport

David Updike appears in court Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Bradford Boyer/KSNV)

The man accused of dragging his dog through McCarran Airport late last month, as witnesses say the dog cried and gasped for air, faced a judge today.

The preliminary hearing for David Updike has now been pushed back by one day. Updike’s lawyer asked for the rest of the day, Tuesday, to iron out the possibility of an agreement between the defense and the state on the felony charge.

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Updike appeared in court, still in police custody, following along with Tuesday’s hearing through the help of a court interpreter using/speaking sign language.

This isn't the first time Updike has been accused of abusing an animal, specifically, the pet named in the alleged incident at McCarran, a chihuahua named “Chase”.

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At the time of his arrest, Updike had four active warrants against him. He is already scheduled to be back in court on one of those charges Wednesday —a misdemeanor on allegations that Updike left the dog in a hot car back in 2015.

He will face a judge in both cases tomorrow. On Tuesday, a judge allowed the continuance, giving Updike and his attorney the rest of the day to continue talks with the prosecution. Check back for updates on the result of those negotiations.

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