EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois man is accused of kicking his wife's 11-month-old bulldog to death.
Prosecutors in Madison County this week charged 29-year-old Daniel Hopkins of Godfrey with felony animal cruelty.
Authorities say the case surfaced Tuesday when sheriff's deputies were summoned to Hopkins' home. That's where a relative told them Hopkins had anger-management issues and had killed the puppy named Pineapple.
The sheriff's department says investigators believe Hopkins intentionally had kicked the dog repeatedly and that an autopsy showed the dog died of ruptured internal organs.
Hopkins couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. He doesn't have a listed home telephone number, and online court records don't show whether he has an attorney.
Hopkins is free on bond.
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