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Police: Utah man killed dog after it took one of his chickens

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Lonnie Campbell, 63, was booked into the Carbon County Jail on one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, court documents state. (Photo courtesy of Carbon County Jail)

A Utah man was arrested for allegedly killing a dog after running it over with his vehicle.

Lonnie Campbell, 63, was booked into the Carbon County Jail on one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, court documents state.

An owner and his dog were walking in the area of 400 E. 400 S. in Price Monday at approximately 6:15 a.m. when the Alaskan Malamute pulled away.

Police say the owner was unable to maintain his hold on the dog's leash because it ran after a chicken located in a backyard nearby.

The man wasn't able to catch back up to his dog. At the same time, Campbell got into his truck and chased the Alaskan Malamute down.

Campbell said he was in his workshop when the dog entered his property. He saw the dog chasing the chickens, take one and leave, court documents state.

Campbell said he intended to hurt the dog by hitting it on the head. He admitted to running over the dog with his truck and that he had lost his temper. Police say the path Campbell traveled on to run over the dog is not a designated roadway. It's covered in brush and gravel.

The dog was found dead less than a mile west of Campbell's residence.

The chicken was found alive just outside of the 63 year old's property, court documents state.