A man has been charged with gunning down his neighbour’s dog in front of two children in a ‘motiveless’ attack.
Bardsley Monfilston, 31, is accused of shooting and killing the one-year-old German shorthaired pointer who had jumped a fence to chase after a bird in Cromwell, Connecticut.
The puppy belonged to Jessica Aurilio’s boyfriend who told WFSB News she was ‘the sweetest most innocent dog’.
She said the killing took place front of the couple and her boyfriend’s two children.
Chief Denise Lamontagne said there wasn’t “any good reason” that the dog was killed.
She said: “There was no indication he was being attacked by the dog.”
Monfilston is accused of second-degree breach of peace, unlawful discharge of a firearm, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and first-degree reckless endangerment for the alleged crime.
Officials have said he was released from custody on a $10,000 (£7,800) non-surety bond.
He will appear at Middlesex Superior Court on December 1.