TULARE, Calif. (AP) - A Central Valley man is accused of using an assault rifle to shoot and kill a neighbor's dog that peed on his yard and car, according to sheriff's officials.
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday that the dog's owner contacted officials Saturday after noticing her pet was missing and told authorities she suspected her neighbor, 23-year-old Modesto Ramos.
Officials said Ramos was arrested later Saturday after he told investigators he became angry at the dog for urinating on his yard and car. He then told them he shot and killed the dog before burying the animal, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies searched Ramos' home and found AR-15 and AK-47 rifles, which are banned in California.
Ramos faces charges of animal cruelty causing death, possession of banned assault weapons and negligent discharge of firearm.