A man accused of stealing a Chihuahua outside a South Florida bar last year pleaded not guilty Friday to a grand theft charge, his lawyer said.
Channing Reynolds, 34, extradited earlier this month from Northampton County, Pa., entered his plea in Broward Circuit Court, said his lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Fairuze Sofia.
Reynolds' next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 3.
Wilton Manors police identified Reynolds as the suspect last year after Brian Dortort, 48, of Oakland Park, reported his 4-month-old puppy stolen.
Dortort said a man with a "Britney Spears" tattoo stole his dog, which had a pink belly and pink earrings, on July 28, 2009, outside Georgie's Alibi in Wilton Manors, where Dortort was hosting a birthday party.
One of the dog's admirers insisted he be allowed to hold her. In an instant, the admirer and Hudson Hayward Hemingway were gone.
No one knew where Reynolds was until January, when he was arrested on DUI-related charges in Pennsylvania, police said.
The stolen dog is still missing. A good Samaritan gave Dortort another Chihuahua: Hudson Hayward Hemingway II.