A MAN who allegedly decapitated his neighbour's puppy with a shovel in Glen Innes has been refused bail.
Andrew Wren, 32, was told by Magistrate Mark Richardson he had "buckley's" of getting bail at a hearing at Armidale Local Court today.
John Adams, representing Wren in court, made no formal application for bail and said his client would plead not guilty to all eight charges relating to the incident.
At an earlier hearing, the court heard how Wren allegedly broke into the adjoining property of a developmentally disabled teenager at about 10.30pm, forcing his way into the unit of a 17-year-old boy and fell asleep when the boy left the unit to call for help.
When the teen returned to his flat, Wren woke up and allegedly became abusive.
He then snatched the puppy and cut off its head.Police arrived at the scene and found the puppy's body on the front doorstep.
Officers heard a noise at the back of the property and were confronted by Wren, who had armed himself with the shovel and a block-splitter.
Wren dropped the weapons after a senior officer was forced to draw his gun.
Police tried to make an arrest but a violent struggle ensued, which left two senior constables with minor injuries.
Wren's aggressive behaviour both before and after the arrest had made police suspicious.
They allegedly found prohibited drugs on his person.
Wren was charged with committing an act of aggravated cruelty against an animal, stealing property in a dwelling, resisting an officer in the execution of duty, using offensive language in a public place, entering a dwelling with intent to commit an indictable offence and possessing a prohibited drug.
Wren appeared before court via video link from Cessnock prison today, where he is in custody over another unrelated matter.
He will appear again before Armidale court on November 5.