A 44-year-old Te Kuiti man faces a series of charges after allegedly beating his pitbull cross dog to death with a golf club yesterday.
The man then locked himself inside his Te Kuiti Rd house, armed with several weapons including an axe, spade and golf clubs. Threats of the use of a taser fell flat until armed police arrived when he eventually surrendered.
The Times understands he is a patched Mongrel Mob member.
Te Kuiti sub area manager Rob van Kalken said the man's partner and children had recently left him and he had been drinking at his house all day, prior to the dog's death.
He will appear in Hamilton District Court today.
- Waikato Times