SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)– A man in New Jersey has been arrested after being accused of killing a 6-month old puppy by striking it with the back side of an ax, police said.

The Burlington County SPCA Humane Police said Friday in a statement that 51-year-old Richard Bijacsko, of Springfield, has been arrested and faces animal cruelty and weapons charges.

Police say they arrested Bijacsko after he told them he hit the animal twice with the back end of an ax because it was causing problems for him.

The dog was found dead Monday at a motel in Florence where its owner was staying.

Police say Bijacsko was caring for the dog because the owner was staying at the motel and wasn’t allowed to keep the dog there. The owner wasn’t identified.

It’s unclear whether Bijacsko has an attorney.

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