Steven Sadler and Boots Stanley appeared in 4th District Court on Tuesday for a hearing on motions filed by their attorneys in their animal cruelty case. The two are charged as a result of a SnapChat video of a dog having its throat slit in August of 2016. That video that went viral and led to the pair being charged.

Defense motions argued that the duo did not commit a crime as the state could not prove that the dog whose throat was slit belong to someone. Other motions argued that the breed of dog, a pit bull, was considered dangerous by City of Bastrop ordinances and that even state law states a dangerous animal can be killed.

Fourth District Judge Carl Sharp, denied all three defense motions at the hearing and set a trial date of February 27, 2018.