Man Cited After Fatally Shooting Dog

MARNE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a western Iowa man was cited after fatally shooting a dog that had been playing near his house.

Collins Cutler, of Marne, was charged with firing a gun inside city limits.

The year-old chocolate Labrador retriever named Wrigley had been traveling from Denver with owner Stacey Ernat. Ernat told officers that Wrigley and another dog were playing in a yard on Monday when Cutler fired a shotgun at Wrigley from about 40 feet away.

Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren says Cutler told a deputy that he thought he had a right to shoot Wrigley because the dog had gone onto Cutler's property.

A phone listed for Cutler rang busy during several Associated Press calls on Monday. Online court records don't list the name of Cutler's attorney.
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