Man Kills 2 for Butchering Dog

A 40-year-old man killed two friends with an ax in the Chita region after finding them preparing to cook his dog for a meal, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Alexander Yermilov found the friends dismembering his Great Dane, named Baikal, upon returning to his home in the village of Natsigun on the night of Dec. 14, the news agency reported Wednesday, citing the regional branch of the Prosecutor General's Office.

Yermilov picked up an ax from the floor and slashed the two, Irina Maryasova and Nikolai Sedunov, several times over their heads, killing them on the spot, prosecutors said. He then called the police and confessed.

Yermilov was arrested and charged with murder, a crime punishable with up to life in prison.

It was unclear why the friends had killed the dog or why they wanted to eat it.