Man convicted of killing Denver teacher's dog while she was on vacation

MARNE, Iowa - A man who fatally shot a Colorado teacher's dog has been convicted of misdemeanor animal abuse.

Denver teacher Stacey Ernat was on vacation in Iowa with her boyfriend and her dog, Wrigley. The group stopped in Marne, Iowa to visit Ernat's boyfriend's brother.

Police say while the group was there, Charles Cutler, 56, shot and killed Wrigley.

Cutler testified that Wrigley and another dog that lived nearby had growled at him. Cutler said he feared for his safety and that of his pets, so he got his shotgun and opened fire.

A jury took around 30 minutes to find Cutler guilty. Cutler faces up to two years in prison when he's sentenced on May 6.

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