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Cottage Grove man charged with torturing dog; claimed he killed it with machete

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A Cottage Grove man faces felony animal torture and cruelty charges after he said he killed his dog over a dispute about where the animal should be kept.


George R. Nichols, 37, was charged in Washington County District Court in connection with 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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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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