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.READ MORE: Inflation Relief Coming To Millions Of Californians, But Critics Say It's Only A Short-Term Solution
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.READ MORE: 1 Dead In Sonoma Co. Brushfire As Heat Wave Grips Much Of California
Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh says his agency picked up the dog and will perform a necropsy as part of standard procedure.MORE NEWS: Man Arrested For Fatal Shooting At Sacramento Truck Stop
The Press-Enterprise newspaper says the sheriff’s department is investigating the incident.