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A Mandan man has been charged with two felonies after allegedly shooting the family dog because it bit his son.

Scott Hamilton, 32, made his initial court appearance on Tuesday. He is charged with reckless endangerment and animal cruelty, and also faces a misdemeanor charge of discharging a firearm within city limits.

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Mandan police officers received a call at 8:36 p.m. Monday for a welfare check on Hamilton. The caller had received a text message from Hamilton stating he had shot the dog with a .22 caliber firearm, according to a police affidavit. Hamilton admitted to officers that he was intoxicated and that he shot the German shepherd. Officers found the dog in the garage with what appeared to be an entry wound on the back of its head, the affidavit said.

Hamilton's bail was set at $5,000. No attorney was listed for him in court documents.

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(Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com)

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