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Forum staff reports, Published June 21 2013

Minn. man pleads not guilty in dog shooting

AUSTIN, Minn. – A southeastern Minnesota man has pleaded not guilty to charges he shot and killed his neighbor’s dog in March.

Everett Kabage, 85, of rural Spring Valley, pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony animal cruelty.

According to the complaint, the owner of the 2-year-old yellow Labrador let the dog outside and later realized it had crossed over its electronic barrier. The homeowner said he found the dog in a field with a blood trail leading back to Kabage’s yard and called authorities.

A deputy who spoke with Kabage said he apparently had been drinking at the time and acknowledged shooting the dog with a .22-caliber rifle.

Kabage offered no explanation for shooting the dog other than it was on his property.