A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a 60-year-old man accused of shooting a toy-size dog after luring the dog into his yard on Sept. 9.
Gary Deloy Griffiths of West Valley City faces a third-degree felony charge of aggravated assault, a class A misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals and a class B misdemeanor charge of discharge of a firearm within city limits.
During a court hearing Tuesday, a preliminary hearing on the charges was scheduled for Nov. 29.
According to the charges, Griffiths is accused of shooting a Pomeranian named Ozzie while a 3-year-old child watched. He also is accused of pointing his gun at the dog's owner after shooting the dog.
Officers reported that there was evidence Griffiths had tried to lure the dog into his yard by routinely removing slats from his fence and having dog food in his yard.
Griffiths reportedly told police that he shot the dog because it was attacking a cat, but police said there had been no cats in the yard.
The dog survived the shooting but later had to be euthanized due to its injuries.