New Hampshire man charged after shooting dog

MASON, N.H. (AP) — Police say a New Hampshire man who shot his neighbor’s dog is being charged with animal cruelty.

Colton Skorupan told investigators that he fired his handgun because he felt the dog was threating him and his 6-year-old son last month in the town of Mason. He told police he didn’t realize the dog was hit because it ran away.

WMUR-TV reports that police charged Skorupan after completing their investigation. He’s due in court in January. It’s unknown if he has a lawyer.

There’s a happy ending for the dog, which survived. Police say the bullet traveled completely through the dog’s body, striking in the back and exiting from the side, without hitting any vital organs. Trooper Christopher Cummings called it a “million dollar shot.”

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com