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 a spade and a metal bar before he eventually surrendered following the arrival of armed police.
Update March 14, 2011 - The following article is by Aaron Leaman, Waikato Times:
Dog killer accused smiles
A 44-year-old Te Kuiti man has appeared in court after allegedly beating his pitbull cross dog to death with a golf club yesterday.
They included one charge of wilfully ill treating an animal, one of offensive behaviour and another of possessing an offensive weapon an axe.
Police alleged George attacked his dog in front of about 80 people with a golf club, killing it.
He 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.
George did not enter any pleas to the charges and was remained in custody until Thursday for a bail hearing.
Dressed in a blue boiler suit with arms crossed in front of him, he smiled and appeared quite calm in the dock.
However, he tried to hide his face from cameras when an application by the media to photograph him was approved, pulling the hood of the suit over his head.
Update June 28, 2011 - The following article is by James Ihaka, New Zealand Herald:
Pitbull-cross puppy killer jailed
A Te Kuiti man who bludgeoned a six-month-old pitbull-cross puppy to death with a golf club has been sentenced to two years and four months.
Mathew Awhi George pleaded guilty in April to charges of willfully ill-treating an animal, possessing an offensive weapon and threatening behaviour.
His prison sentence on the three charges is to be served cumulatively.
George had told the court he killed the dog because it "bit the hand that fed him".
Police had arrived during the attack but George threatened them with an axe, a shovel and a steel bar during a stand-off lasting 35 minutes.