The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said a man admitted to killing a dog by hitting the animal in the head with a hammer.
According to a post on the department's Facebook page, a woman reported that Brandon Shearer, 31, killed her dog.
During the investigation, deputies said Shearer told them he was upset with the dog for urinating and defecating in the house, so he took the dog outside and put it down.
Shearer reportedly told deputies he hit the dog in the head with a roofing hammer several times.
Investigators also said Shearer took deputies to the location of the deceased dog.
The department said Shearer was charged with mistreatment of animals causing death, disorderly conduct, domestic abuse and theft of movable property.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says a man admitted to killing a dog by hitting the animal in the head with a hammer.