A Mandan man who allegedly shot and killed the family dog after it bit his son is scheduled for an October jury trial.
Scott Hamilton, 32, on Monday pleaded not guilty to felony reckless endangerment and a misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm within city limits, court documents show. A charge of animal cruelty against Hamilton was dismissed, but the reason was unclear in court documents. A call to the Morton County State’s Attorney's Office was not immediately returned.
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Mandan police on May 27 responded to a call for a welfare check on Hamilton. He had sent a text to the caller stating he had shot the dog, a police affidavit said. Officers found the German shepherd in Hamilton's garage with what appeared to be a bullet wound on the back of its head, the affidavit stated.
Hamilton’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 8.