A 20-year-old Stafford man has been indicted on one felony count of cruelty to animals.

Authorities said Fundale Matthew Hamilton strangled a dog in Oct. 7 and then shoved a bottle down its throat.

Hamilton faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the third-degree felony offense of cruelty to non-livestock animal.

The alleged crime occurred in Stafford.

Prosecutors said Hamilton tortured the dog or killed it in a “cruel manner” before shoving the bottle down its throat. Bond was set at $15,000.

As a condition of his bond, Hamilton can have no contact with animals, must report to the community supervision office and pay a $10 monthly fee and undergo mental health evaluation.

He was convicted earlier this year on one count of burglary of a habitation to which he pleaded guilty and was given four years deferred adjudicated probation.

It appears Hamilton was on probation when he allegedly killed the dog.

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