DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A Quakertown, Bucks County man is facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges for allegedly shooting his dog last week on the grounds of the Doylestown Country Club. The nearly 10-year-old American Bulldog had to be euthanized.

Doylestown Township police filed charges against 39-year-old Paul Bevan-Xenelis after he told them he shot his dog “Kane” one time a week ago Sunday morning because the dog had bitten a co-worker two days earlier.

But police chief Stephen White says an examination of the dog’s remains determined the bulldog had been shot 32 times with a 22-caliber pellet gun.

“The extreme cruelty of shooting the dog that many times and leaving the dog in distress alive is really unspeakable and that’s why we filed the charges,” White explained.

White says police responded to Country Club Lane and found the dog tied to a maintenance shed with wounds to its face and head. White says Bevan-Xenelis told them he believed the dog was dead and that he was planning to return and bury “Kane’s” remains.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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