POLICE have charged a Mirrabooka man who allegedly killed two dogs after they attacked and killed his dog.
Lee Smith, 36, was charged with aggravated cruelty upon an animal and malicious damage.
‘‘If it takes me getting charged to stop someone else being bitten, so be it,’’ Mr Smith said on Monday.
Mr Smith added that relatives can be ‘‘in the yard now, without worrying about dogs knocking the fence down.’’
The Newcastle Herald reported last month that Mr Smith allegedly stabbed and killed two American Staffordshire terriers that had mauled to death his 10-year-old dog Buddi.
Two children, aged 12 and 10, were inside their house at the time.
A police statement said two dogs entered Mr Smith’s property on Mirrabooka Road, Mirrabooka and began attacking his dog, which was tied up in his yard.
Mr Smith, police allege, ‘‘came out of his home and stabbed one of the two dogs to death’’.
Police allege Mr Smith then ‘‘chased the other attacking dog off his property and down the road before inflicting fatal injuries on it before returning it back to his property’’.
It’s alleged Mr Smith then smashed windows of a neighbour’s house and car.
Mr Smith was given conditional bail to appear in Toronto Local Court next month.
Lake Macquarie City Council is investigating circumstances surrounding ownership of the two attacking dogs and how they escaped from a property.
As previously reported, the dogs that killed Buddi were the offspring of two dogs that attacked Mr Smith’s partner, Natalie Southam, in May last year.
On that occasion, two American Staffordshire terriers jumped two 2-metre fences and attacked Ms Southam.
Ms Southam was left with injuries to her ear, neck and arms that required 19 stitches.
The two dogs were destroyed, after a council investigation.
COUNTS: Lee Smith is charged with aggravated cruelty upon an animal and malicious damage.