Dennis Eugene Kennedy, 44, was charged Tuesday with one count of felony ill treatment of animals after shooting a dog on his Burton property along Hampton Drive, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.
Just after 7 p.m., a neighbor told Kennedy his dog was running loose on her property and asked him to retrieve it.
Kennedy removed the dog. Soon after, the neighbor heard a gunshot and called law enforcement, the release said.
Deputies went to Kennedy's home and saw a dead dog with a gunshot wound to its neck. Kennedy told deputies he shot the dog because it had been running around and growling.
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Kennedy was released on his own recognizance Wednesday from the county Detention Center.