WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: An Adelaide man has admitted decapitating his housemate’s Staffordshire terrier, in a severe case of animal cruelty.
Police found him covered in blood, holding the dog’s severed head in one hand and a meat cleaver in the other.
James Alexander Rech faced Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to ill-treating an animal and a number of other offences, including stabbing a man in the leg, over five days in July.
At an earlier bail hearing, prosecutor Manfred Wojtasik told the court police found Mr Rech standing in the street, covered in blood and holding the head and cleaver.
He said Mr Rech had dog bites on his body and was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment.
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The RSPCA attended his house and seized a number of the dog’s body parts.
Mr Rech on Tuesday also admitted to threatening assault, causing harm, carrying an offensive weapon and stealing a mobile phone.
He was remanded in custody to face the District Court in November.