Charges have been filed against the Burbank man who allegedly beat his neighbor's dog to death with a hammer.
According to a criminal complaint filed with the First Judicial Circuit in Clay County on Tuesday, Robert Kyte has been charged with Intentional Damage to Property in the First Degree.
Because of the value of the dog, the charge is a Class 6 felony, said State's Attorney Teddi Gertsema.
Kyte, 61, also has been charged with Killing or Injuring Animal of Another, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under South Dakota law, Kyte could face up to two years imprisonment in the state penitentiary, a fine of $5,000 or both for the felony, and one year imprisonment in the county jail, a $2,000 fine or both for the misdemeanor.
Kyte allegedly beat the German shorthair pointer – whose name was Shy – to death in its kennel late last month. He is free after posting $500 bond.
According to the Associated Press, Shayne and Kim Ludwig said their dog was gentle and barked only if someone was trespassing on their property.
Gertsema said Kyte's initial appearance in the Clay County Courthouse has been set for Tuesday, although she added the hearing may be continued.
- The Associated Press contributed to this report.