Richard Maltais, 50, allegedly shot his dog three times in the head outside of his home with a handgun, Saugus police reported. The English bulldog, named Spike, allegedly became aggressive and bit multiple people including a child. Spike was a rescue dog.
Maltais told FOX 25 that he had Spike for a year, and he was never aggressive before that incident.
Maltais faces charges of animal cruelty and possessing a firearm without a firearm identification card. Police did not say when he was expected to appear in court.
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