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Man Faces Charges Of Beating Dog Owner

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 25-year-old man has appeared in a Billings court on accusations that he beat another man with a pistol in a dispute over a dog in 2012.
    
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/KnldA6 ) Christopher David Ranson was charged Thursday with felony assault, plus a misdemeanor theft charge.
    
A man told Yellowstone County deputies in April 2012 that two men had come onto his property and kicked his dog.
    
The man said they left and returned a short time later.
    
The resident confronted them with a pistol, but one choked him while the other took the gun.
    
He says they knocked him to the ground and beat him.
    
Jon Emmanuel Whitright also faces charges connected to the alleged attack.
    
Charging documents say the men told authorities they acted in self-defense.
   

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