A South Dakota man accused of using a hammer to beat his neighbor's dog to death now faces a felony charge.
Sixty-one-year-old Robert Kyte of Burbank is charged with intentional damage to property. Clay County State's Attorney Teddi Gertsema tells the Press & Dakotan newspaper that the charge is a felony because of the value of the German shorthair pointer.
Kyte earlier had been charged with a misdemeanor for the alleged killing of the dog in its kennel late last month. If he's convicted of both charges he could face up to three years in prison and fines totaling $7,000.
Kyte is free after posting $500 bond. A telephone listing for him is not in service.