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Man charged with animal cruelty after shooting neighbour’s dog ‘Splinter’ 

A man has been charged over the fatal shooting of his neighbour’s dog Splinter after the pet wandered into his front yard.

The kelpie, doberman cross entered the Jurien Bay Vista property, about two hours north of Perth, at 12.30pm on Sunday. 

Police allege Splinter was called back by his owner as a 49-year-old resident walked out from his front door and shot the dog with a rifle.

The dog was taken to the Dongara Veterinary Clinic but died en route. 

Police searched the 49-year-old’s home and allegedly found seven rifles, a shotgun, ammunition and drug paraphernalia. 

He has been charged with animal cruelty and five counts of possessing an unlicensed firearm.

The Jurien Bay man is also facing convictions over allegedly discharging a firearm to cause fear to the public and the alleged possession of drug paraphernalia, among other charges. 

The 49-year-old will appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court on September 3. 

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