Animal cruelty charge dismissed against Wichita man

05/01/2014 5:15 PM

05/01/2014 5:16 PM

Prosecutors this week dismissed an animal cruelty charge against a 20-year-old Wichita man accused of shooting a pit bull more than a year ago.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said through a spokesman that the count against Jamal D. Myles was dismissed Tuesday "due to witness unavailability."

It "is subject to being refiled" at a later date, Bennett said in the e-mailed statement. The decision came the same day a preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled.

Myles had been charged in December with shooting the 5-year-old dog, named Ziggy, at a house in the 1000 block of North Mathewson on Feb. 18, 2013. The incident allegedly followed an argument the prior day, according to a police document.

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