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Police say teen killed dogs in family barn

A Chattaroy teenager killed his family’s dogs after threatening his mother and grandmother with a knife on Monday, sheriff’s officials say.

Michael R. Shartle, 19, remains in jail on $20,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on Wednesday.

He was arrested Tuesday after deputies found evidence of brutal slayings in his family’s barn, where the teen reportedly told his mother on Monday that he’d killed their two dogs.

Shartle told his mother “that he killed the dogs instead of killing her,” according to court documents. Shartle faces charges of felony unlawful imprisonment, harassment, malicious mischief and two counts of killing pet animals, which is a gross misdemeanor.

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