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Phoenix-area man accused of killing neighbor's dog

PHOENIX -- Authorities say a Phoenix-area man has been arrested for allegedly killing his neighbor's pit bull.

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say 43-year-old Briant Winiecke confessed to shooting the animal.

They say he's been booked into jail on suspicion of cruelty to animals and recklessly discharging the shotgun in a residential neighborhood.

Authorities say the dog was shot twice in the head at close range while it was tied to a fence Tuesday night.

The day before the shooting, the pit bull allegedly wandered to a nearby house and killed a 14-year-old basset hound.

KPHO-TV reports that Winiecke had nothing to do with either dog and simply lived nearby.

Authorities didn't immediately know Thursday if Winiecke has a lawyer yet.

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Information from: KPHO-TV, http://www.kpho.com/

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