Kevin Brennan, a 47-year old man from Stroudsburg, is charged with first degree misdemeanor animal cruelty for shooting his dog in the head.
The charges were brought after the PSPCA completed an investigation in the shooting of Brennan's adult female pitbull terrier named "Romana".
The Pennsylvania SPCA responded to a report by a local veterinary hospital on Nov. 25, 2012.
Hospital staff told PSPCA officer, Elizabeth Anderson, that Brennan brought in the dog after shooting her at close range with his 38 caliber handgun.
The bullet entered the top of Ramona's skull and exited on the right side of her face, leaving fragments inside the wound tract, the report said.
The dog was still bright and alert after the incident, so Brennan brought her to the hospital where he opted to have her put down. PSPCA filed the misdemeanor charge against Brennan with Magistrate Riley in Mountainhome Thursday.
Officer Anderson said, "No dog should have to go through what Ramona did. It was a horrible death."