William A. BrownA rural Granite City man is jailed after allegedly shooting a neighbor's dog Wednesday evening.  62-year-old William A Brown is charged with felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and Aggravated unlawful use of a Weapon, as well as a misdemeanor count of Aggravated Assault.  The 6-year-old American Bulldog had been playing with its owner's 3-year-old daughter just minutes before the incident at a home in the 1,000 block of St. Thomas Road. 

After hearing a gunshot, the owner stepped out of his back door to see the dog bleeding from the face and Brown allegedly holding a pistol in the adjoining yard.  That is when Madison County Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Dixon tells The Big Z Brown is said to have threatened to shoot the dog's owner, but fled when the owner called police.

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The dog had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries.  Brown is being held in the Madison County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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