Man accused of killing dogs with ax

Douglas Usgaard, 21, faces two counts of animal torture after being accused of killing two dogs with an ax. / Source: (Decorah Police)
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DECORAH, Iowa (KCRG) — An Iowa man is facing charges after he allegedly killed a Labradoodle and a Shih Tzu using an ax on Saturday.

According to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Douglas Usgaard, 21, faces two counts of animal torture. Police arrested him over the weekend.

The Courier reports Usgaard allegedly used an ax to kill the 14-year-old Labradoodle and a 13-year-old Shih Tzu/Bichon Saturday morning at a home on Mound Street where he was living with relatives.

Records show Usgaard is awaiting trial for a case in which he is accused of stealing two iPhones from Luther College's football stadium in July.