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Cottage Grove man charged with torturing dog

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COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- A Cottage Grove man faces felony animal torture and cruelty charges after saying he killed his dog over a dispute about where the animal should be kept, authorities said.

George R. Nichols, 37, was charged in Washington County District Court in the death of a miniature pinscher that Nichols told a relative he had killed with a machete. The severely injured dog was found pinned under a toppled portable toilet and was later euthanized.

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