Woman acquitted in dog shooting death

A jury has acquitted a 43-year-old Nebraska woman who shot and killed a neighbor's dog that had menaced her in her backyard in February. Court records say Sandra Kuhl, of Herman, was tried on a charge of cruelly mistreating an animal, a misdemeanor.

 She originally was charged with felony cruelty to an animal, resulting in its death. The records say the Washington County jury found her not guilty on Thursday.  Kuhl told authorities on Feb. 11 that when she saw the dog, she quickly got her own pets inside, then went back outside armed with her husband's .22-caliber handgun.

Kuhl reported that she shot the dog in self-defense when it snarled and ran at her. Court records say Kuhl also is known as Sandra Lee Anderson.