Man accused of dismembering 5 dogs at Nevada motel

This Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 photo shows a motel in Reno, Nev., where police say a man accused of killing and dismembering five dogs stayed. Jason Brown is headed back to court on animal torture and drug charges that could send him to prison for more than 20 years. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

RENO, Nevada (AP) – A status hearing has been postponed for a 24-year-old man accused of killing and dismembering several dogs, leaving a gruesome scene in a Nevada motel room.

Jason Brown was scheduled to appear Wednesday in Reno Justice Court on six felony counts of torturing or maiming and killing an animal.

A half-dozen animal rights protesters demonstrated outside the courthouse before the hearing was continued. It has yet to be rescheduled.

Brown was arrested July 9 after a maid told authorities she found a decapitated dog in a south Reno motel room he was renting. Detectives found four dog heads in a small refrigerator in the room.

Brown’s lawyer, John Oakes, told the Reno Gazette-Journal last month that Brown has mental health issues and might need a psychiatric evaluation before he goes to trial.

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