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A man suspected of shooting three dogs that had killed his pet was arrested Wednesday morning, Phoenix police said.

Police said Troy Sauvageau, 50, of Phoenix, was booked on suspicion of animal cruelty, illegal dumping and unlawful discharge of a firearm. He was arrested shortly after 8 a.m., police said. 

A resident found four dead dogs in a trash bin near Deer Valley Road and 15th Lane on May 6, police said.

One of the dogs was microchipped and belonged to Sauvageau, police said.

Police said that Sauvageau told officers that the other three dogs attacked and killed his dog. Investigators said he told police he shot the three dogs and put all four in the trash bin.

Sgt. Jonathan Howard, Phoenix police spokesman, said Sauvageau’s dog was attacked by the other three dogs, but there is no indication as to what caused the attack.

Officers arrested Sauvageau on multiple counts of animal cruelty, multiple counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm, illegal dumping and misconduct involving weapons.

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