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May 27, 2016 12:40 PM

Epping man convicted of animal cruelty for shooting his neighbor's dog

BRENTWOOD — An Epping man has been convicted of animal cruelty for shooting a neighbor's pit bull.

Andrew Freisinger, 44, could face 3½ to 7 years in prison for the charges, according to the Union Leader. He was cleared for a second charge for acting recklessly when he fired his 9mm handgun.

Freisinger allegedly shot the the dog after the dog was loose and ran on his property. The dog was injured but was able to pull through and survive.

Freisinger's defense attorney, Jonathan Cohen said that Freisinger had lost two free range chickens to the dog before the incident and that he was trying to protect himself.

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