NEAR ALTURA, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Winona County man is charged with two felonies on Wednesday morning after allegedly shooting and killing a neighbor's dog on Friday.
Dale Douglas, 46, was charged with two felony counts of overworking or mistreating animals, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Douglas has been summoned to appear in court in April to face the charges.
The Winona County Sheriff's Office said Douglas admitted shooting the dog, a beagle named Bandit, when investigators questioned him on Monday. According to Douglas, he saw Bandit playing around with his dog in his backyard and separated the two.
Douglas said he shot Bandit with a pellet gun shortly after so he could scare him away. However, Bandit limped back to his family's home, where he died before deputies showed up.
"Why would you do this to him?" said Jack Neumann, Bandit's owner. "The dog didn't mean no trouble. He was just up there to see his friend. At least he made it back home to see dad one more time."
According to the Neumanns, they and Douglas did not have a history of grudges before Bandit was shot.