PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh man is facing animal cruelty charges after he allegedly used a machete to decapitate his mother's Chihuahua.
Authorities say they were called to the home at about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Police say 30-year-old Matthew Ondo's parents showed them the remains of the dog named Izzy along with a bloody machete.
According to a criminal complaint Ondo at first denied killing the dog, then claimed the devil did it. Ondo's parents 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 bond. No attorney was listed on court papers.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26.