Hillsdale man faces felony charges for shooting and killing a dog

Michael Vanausdall photo from Rock Island County Jail

Michael Vanausdall photo from Rock Island County Jail

A Hillsdale, Illinois man faced criminal charges after he allegedly shot and killed a dog.

Michael Vanausdall, 60, pleaded not guilty in Rock Island County District Court on July 15, 2014, after he was formally charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and felony reckless discharge of a firearm.

Vanausdall was accused of firing a gun near a 15-year-old during a July 3 incident involving two dogs owned by Vanausdall’s neighbors. One of the dogs was shot and killed during the incident. The teen and the other dog were not hurt.

Court records showed Vanausdall was released from the Rock Island County Jail after he posted $25,000 bond on July 8. After his July 15 court appearance, he remained free on bond.

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