PERRIS, Calif. (AP) – Authorities in Riverside County have arrested a man on suspicion of shooting to death his neighbor’s dog near Perris.

Sheriff’s officials say a family reported their 2-year-old pit bull was shot at point-blank range Friday in the Mead Valley area.

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Officials say responding officers found the dead dog and arrested Christopher Samuel. He could face charges including animal cruelty and negligent discharge of a firearm. It wasn’t immediately known if Samuel has an attorney.

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Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh says his agency picked up the dog and will perform a necropsy as part of standard procedure.

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The Press-Enterprise newspaper says the sheriff’s department is investigating the incident.