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Man charged with animal abuse
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Man charged with animal abuse

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An area man is being charged with a felony after authorities say he abused a dog and left it for dead on a rural road.

Jason Hampton, 56, of Farmington, is charged with a class E felony of animal abuse after allegedly purposely causing injury or suffering to a dog.

According to court documents, Hampton intentionally caused injury to an animal by shooting a woman’s dog named Trooper, in the back and paralyzing it sometime between Jan. 29 and Feb. 19. He then hit Trooper over the head with a hammer in an attempt to kill him, but he did not succeed in his actions.

Hampton then placed Trooper in a sack and dumped him on the side of Possum Hollow Road, depriving the owner of her dog and attempting to conceal what he did. Hampton told a deputy with the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department that he had intended to injure Trooper by shooting him in the leg instead of the back.

Hampton was held on a $10,000 bond in the St. Francois County Jail, but has since bonded out.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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