Cottage Grove police say a man attacked his little dog with a machete, leaving it with such severe injuries that it had to be euthanized.
A KARE-TV report says 37-year-old George R. Nichols is charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty.
Nichols' sister told police she and her brother had argued over where his miniature pinscher would be kept during the day while she was away. She said her brother left home with the dog and came home without it.
Meanwhile, officers from St. Paul Park were responding to reports of an injured animal. They found the little dog pinned beneath an overturned portable toilet. The dog had deep lacerations on its head, a fractured jaw and brain hemorrhaging.
No working telephone number for Nichols could be found Saturday.