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Friday's HOT MIC

Friday's HOT MIC

Update on that horrendous case of animal abuse I covered here.

The creep who did it has been charged with a felony.

A Farmington man accused of shooting a dog and hitting him over the head with a hammer is now facing a felony charge.

Jason Hampton, 57, was charged yesterday with "Animal Abuse - 2nd/Subsequent Offense Or By Torture And/Or Mutilation While Animal Was Alive" in St. Francois County. He was booked into jail and released on a $10,000 bond.

This wasn't a slam-dunk, apparently, because in Farmington, it's legal "to shoot animals that are, or seem to be, destroying private property."

Hampton allegedly said he believed Trooper was after his female dog and shot at his feet to scare him. However, he missed and shot him in the neck.

He then allegedly hit him with a hammer — the act that apparently led to the felony charge by St. Francois County prosecutors.

Trooper will reportedly remain in the animal hospital for a few more weeks, where docs only give him a five percent chance of walking again.