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Man broke into neighbor’s home, shot caged pit bull, buried it in desert, Arizona cops say

Andrew Evans, a 63-year-old from Mesa, Arizona, burglarized his neighbor’s home on Nov. 25 and then shot the neighbor’s pit bull twice in its head, police said.
Andrew Evans, a 63-year-old from Mesa, Arizona, burglarized his neighbor’s home on Nov. 25 and then shot the neighbor’s pit bull twice in its head, police said. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

An Arizona man who admitted to shooting and killing his next-door neighbor’s caged pit bull told officers “what he did was worth it,” according to a police report.

Andrew Evans, a 63-year-old Mesa resident, burglarized his neighbor’s home on Nov. 25 and then shot the neighbor’s pit bull twice in its head, a police report posted online by AZFamily said. Police said Evans told them he shot the large pit bull because it had attacked his smaller dog, ABC 15 reports.

Evans was arrested the day of the dog’s shooting death on charges of disorderly conduct, burglary and killing an animal, KSAZ reports.

Evans said his Chihuahua had ventured into the pit bull owner’s yard, where the pit bull bit the smaller dog and caused severe injuries that sent it to the veterinarian, AZFamily reports. Evans said the animal’s medical bills totaled $8,000.

The pit bull bit Evans as well, Evans told police, though Evans didn’t seem to have serious injuries, according to AZFamily.

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In a statement Evans voluntarily wrote for police, he admitted that — after intentionally killing his neighbor’s pit bull — he took the dog and the cage to the desert to bury it, the police report said.

The police report noted that Evans had sold his house and was planning to move out of the state this week, suggesting he could be a flight risk. Prosecutors asked that Evans remain is custody, but he was released and is scheduled to next appear in court on Dec. 17, KSAZ reports. Until then, Evans is barred from contacting witnesses, his victims or the officers who arrested him.

Police said that during Evans’ vet trip, the pit bull owner stayed back at a garage sale Evans had planned to host that day, AZFamily reports. Evans entered the neighbor’s home and shot the pit bull following the vet visit, police said.

“I took my 9mm Glock and put 2 bullets into the pit bull’s brain,” Evans wrote in his statement, according to the police report.

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