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Pit bull survives sledgehammer attack, owner to be charged

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LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

It took almost a year, but criminal charges are expected to be filed against a Longview man who tried to kill his dog because it ate a box of donuts, according to investigators.

Cowlitz County animal control officers said Chad Miller will face a charge of first-degree animal cruelty.

In October 2012, Miller told officers and sheriff's deputies he used a three-pound sledgehammer to kill his dog for eating a box of donuts. He said he then buried the dog in the woods in Rose Valley, WA.

But to the surprise of investigators, the dog was brought to the Humane Society of Cowlitz County - alive - several days later.

It turns out Nero, a pit bull mix, ran off after being hit once over the head with the sledgehammer, court documents said.

A family found the dog on the side of a road, and then took it home to take care of it before turning it over to the Humane Society.

Veterinarians said the dog suffered three fractures to its skull.

In the months that followed, animal control officers said the case fell apart due to lack of cooperation from witnesses. But investigators eventually rounded up enough of a case to present toward county prosecutors.

The animal cruelty charge was announced this week and Miller is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 21.

Nero is currently being cared for at a foster home. He'll go up for adoption at some point in the future, according to the Humane Society.

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