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GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Greenville police have arrested a man on an animal cruelty charge after they say he shot a dog he said would not leave a parking space.

Devon Smith, 27, of Greenville is accused of shooting a dog twice with a pistol after he tried to park in a space at a town house complex Sunday afternoon. Police spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said the witnesses told the officers the dog had been playing with children that afternoon and had not been aggressive.

Officers called to the scene found a female boxer mix that had been seriously injured. The dog was euthanized later Sunday. Smith is charged with felony animal cruelty and firing a gun in the city. It was not clear if he has an attorney.

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