A Minot man accused of animal cruelty has been found not guilty.
A jury acquitted 29–year–old James Music of a felony animal cruelty charge.
State prosecutors had accused Music of taping a dog's mouth shut, beating, and fatally shooting the animal last October.
It was one of the first felony cases of animal cruelty since state lawmakers upgraded it from a misdemeanor in 2013.
A Bismarck man accused of shooting two cats with arrows late last year was also set to go on trial this week, but a plea deal has been reached.