Published: Mar 11, 2014 10:56 AM EDT

HUDSON, Fla. (AP) - A Hudson man is facing animal cruelty charges after authorities say he fatally shot his neighbor's dog.
    
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says 55-year-old Matthew Hugh Schnacky shot the 2-year-old black Labrador named Hunter on Sunday when it was about 145 feet away from his front gate.
    
The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/Oh7tZM ) reports that neighbors and Hunter's owner Randall Patsches described Hunter as gentle and timid.
    
A neighbor told deputies the dog dropped dead immediately.
    
There was no word on why the dog was shot.
    
Schnacky was released from the Pasco County Jail Monday after posting $5,000 bail. It was not clear whether he's hired an attorney.
    
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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

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