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Oregon man faces animal abuse charges after neighbor says he shot, killed her dog

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SALEM, Ore. (KPTV) — A Salem man is facing animal abuse charges after his neighbor said he shot and killed her one-year-old chihuahua with a rodent hunting pellet gun.

Melodie Weeks said she called her four dogs in Monday night but her chihuahua, Rosie, didn’t come back.

With the help of a friend, they searched and found Rosie unresponsive in the yard. They immediately took the dog to the vet where they learned the chihuahua died from a pellet gun wound to the head.

On Tuesday, Weeks neighbor, Shane Rockwell, 46, was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated animal abuse and reckless endangering.
Weeks told FOX 12 she runs a daycare from her home and the kids are extremely upset over the dogs death.

“He’s basically endangering the kids here by doing that, and what has happened is he’s emotionally scarred them because that dog was their friend.”

Rockwell is due in court on Thursday.