- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

EPPING, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man says he shot his neighbor’s pit bull to protect himself, his wife and his chickens.

Police arrested 43-year-old Andrew Freisinger Wednesday after they say he shot 1-year-old Mya on Sept. 6. as she was running across the front yard of his Epping home.

The shot left a bullet hole on her left cheek and took off a part of her tongue.

WFXT-TV reports the dog owner’s mother says Freisinger looked at her and “smirked” when he fired.

Freisinger’s attorney says he fired as the dog approached his client and that the dog had killed a chicken the day before.

He appeared by video conference in Brentwood Circuit Court Thursday on charges including animal cruelty and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.

He’s due in court Sept. 24.

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