A beagle brought to Central Ohio after being plucked from a Louisiana rooftop survived Hurricane Katrina only to be found shot dead last month.

Police say Beauregard and another beagle were found in a Circleville field, about 30 miles south of Columbus, after being shot by a 9 mm handgun.

Now a Kingston man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say he admitted he shot the two dogs.

Kenneth Cox pleaded not guilty last week. He says he shot the dogs while he was on a friend's property and the dogs growled at him through a fence.

Cox's lawyer says he tried to shoo them away and fired when he felt threatened.

He could face 90 days in jail and a $750 fine if convicted.