updated 5/10/2006 11:08:39 AM ET 2006-05-10T15:08:39

A beagle plucked from a Louisiana rooftop after Hurricane Katrina has been shot dead in central Ohio.

Police say Beauregard and another beagle were found dead in a field south of Columbus last month. They’d been shot with a nine millimeter handgun.

Now a Kingston man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say he admitted he shot the two dogs.

Kenneth Cox pleaded not guilty last week. He says he shot the dogs while he was on a friend’s property and the dogs growled at him through a fence.

Cox’s lawyer says he tried to shoo them away and fired when he felt threatened. He could face 90 days in jail and a 750-dollar fine if convicted.

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