A US man is facing animal cruelty charges after he allegedly used a machete to decapitate his mother's Chihuahua.
Police say 30-year-old Matthew Ondo's parents showed them the remains of the dog named Izzy with a bloody machete when they called at their Pittsburgh home yesterday.
According to a criminal complaint, Ondo at first denied killing the dog, then claimed the devil did it. His parents have told police their son is an unemployed drug addict who has emotional problems.
Ondo is being held at the Allegheny County jail, unable to post 25,000 dollars (£15,000) bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 26.