Alaska State Troopers say a Nikiski man arrested overnight Tuesday shot a dog to death, then mutilated its corpse.

Michael Ohms, 41, faces two counts of animal cruelty – one of them a felony – as well as misdemeanor counts of violating a protective order, criminal mischief and criminal trespass, according to court records.

An initial call reporting a verbal disturbance came in at about 9 p.m. Tuesday from a home off Duke Street near Nikiski, troopers wrote in an online trooper dispatch.

“Investigation revealed [Ohms] unlawfully walked onto a neighboring property, released a dog and shot it in the head causing death,” troopers wrote. “Investigation revealed Ohms drug the animal back to his residence and mutilated it.”

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters didn’t immediately have further details on the case Wednesday morning, pending word from investigators.

Ohms was arrested and held at the Wildwood Pretrial Facility, troopers said.

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