HERMISTON — A Hermiston man is in jail after he shot a dog that died later in the day.
Michael David Thompson, 45, is charged with animal abuse in the first degree, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of prohibited firearms or silencers.
Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston said officers responded to Northwest Third Street around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday for a report of a dog that had been shot. The Chihuahua had a single wound above the right leg.
Edmiston said Thompson admitted to shooting the dog, and said he shot it because his own dog was in heat, and he was tired of other dogs coming around.
The dog died around 9 p.m. that night.
The Umatilla County District Attorney’s office charged Thompson with intentionally causing serious injury to a dog, firing a firearm within city limits, and possessing a short-barreled rifle.
Thompson has previously been convicted of several crimes in Umatilla County, including burglary and theft in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree, and harassment.