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DOG KILLED: Dog Shot For Playing In Snow

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A Quad Cities woman spent Christmas without her best friend, after a Cass County man shot her dog.

Wrigley was a playful pup who just loved romping around in the snow, but that playfulness cost the 1-year old chocolate lab her life.

Her owner was visiting friends in the small town of Marne, near Atlantic, and Wrigley was playing in the snow with another dog. That’s when a neighbor came out of his house with a shotgun and killed Wrigley.

"I ran up there and I found her under a boat trailer that was lifted off the ground." Stacey Ernat says, "She was curled up in a ball, really scared and confused about why she was hurt so bad....So I picked her up and I held her an I told her it was gonna be okay. I just wish he would have thought about what he was doing because I wouldn't be here right now. I wouldn't be heartbroken without my best friend."

We knocked on Cutler’s door, but no one answered. Police say Cutler admitted to shooting Wrigley because he didn’t want the dog playing in his yard. Cutler was ticketed for discharging a firearm in the town.

On Wednesday an aggravated misdemeanor charge of animal abuse was also added. Cutler is expected to appear in court in January.