- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a Sioux Falls man grabbed an ax and broke into his neighbor’s home after their dog bit him in the ear.

Forty-four-year-old Dean Hillestad is facing charges of aggravated assault, property damage and burglary.

Lt. Loren McManus says Hillestad saw his neighbor walking his dog Friday on South Western Avenue. She says he tried to pet the dog but that it bit him in the ear.

Authorities say Hillestad got upset, grabbed an ax and then broke his neighbor’s window, trying to get inside. He allegedly said he was going to kill the dog.

Hillestad’s attorney tells KELO-TV the dog was not up to date on its shots and that they are monitoring his client’s wound.

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