Man charged over mutilated dog found in unit

A man has been charged for allegedly mutilating a dog.

Police have said officers found the man naked and armed with a knife at a unit in Auburn, in Sydney’s west, on March 10 at around midnight.

People living in the vicinity directed police to an apartment in the complex where they found a man matching the description of a suspect.

The dog killed was reportedly a Shih Tzu. The animal pictured is a file photo of the breed. Source: Getty (file picture)

On approaching the man, he closed the door to his unit and stood in the foyer where he spoke with police.

He was arrested before police entered the unit he shared with his two elderly parents, where they allegedly located a large kitchen knife and a mutilated Shih Tzu dog.

The Shih Tzu was rushed to hospital but died from its injuries, police said.

The 34-year-old man was taken to Cumberland Hospital for assessment, and on Friday released from hospital into the custody of police.

Edgar Street, Auburn, where the dead dog was found. Source: Google Maps (file pic)

He was taken to Parramatta Police Station where he was charged with torture, beating and causing the death of an animal, aggravated break and enter and committing a serious indictable offence.

He was refused bail and will appear in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

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