'I did what needed to be done': Man ties neighbour's dog to tree and hacks it to death with an axe

By Kirstin Buick
25 February 2015

A UK man stands accused of killing his neighbour's dog with an axe after it bit a woman at a party.

Kevin Dixon (35) of Newsome in West Yorkshire told a court he "did what needed to be done". He insisted the Akita-style dog did not suffer and "it was over and done with from first to last blow in 10 seconds”.

The dog, Tempa, belonged to his neighbour Amanda Hamer and Dixon had agreed to walk Tempa twice a day for her.

In May last year, Amanda hosted a party where Tempa reportedly bit a woman, resulting in a facial wound, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports.

‘It felt good, it was not easy, it struggled’

This was not the first time Tempa had bitten someone and the local RSPCA was contacted. The animal welfare group recommended to dog be taken to a vet the following morning.

But Dixon seems to have decided to take matters into his own hands. He offered to take Tempa for a walk, but returned without him.

When Amanda asked where he was and Dixon replied: “I have done what needed to be done”, Philip Brown, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court.

“He mentioned an axe and said: ‘It felt good, it was not easy, it struggled’. She was shocked and moved away from him.”

Upon his arrest the following day, Dixon confessed to police he had killed Tempa, showing them where he had buried the dog's body.

Dixon told the court he was concerned about the number of times the dog had bitten people told Amanda: “I am not leaving this dog in the house with these children upstairs.”

The case will resume next month.

Sources: The Mirror, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

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