Primera police have arrested a 35-year-old man after shooting his neighbor’s dog.

According to police, David Mata was placed under arrest and charged with one count of animal livestock cruelty, a third degree felony. 

Officers were called by the dog’s owner on Tuesday at approximately 8:30 p.m. to the 2300 block of Pacific Avenue. 

Upon arrival, the responding officer learned that Mata had shot his neighbor’s dog. 

Mata said he heard his neighbor’s dogs barking so he went outside to see why they were barking. This is when he sees his neighbor’s dog come on to his property, according to police.

Mata then went inside his home and grabbed his assault riffle. He then fired one round at the dog. 

Police says the dog suffered a severe injury to his legs and the owner made the hard decision to euthanize him.

Mata was given a $3,500 bond.