Hearing Postponed For Dog Dismembering Suspect

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A status hearing in Reno has been postponed until October for a 24-year-old man accused of killing and dismembering several dogs, leaving a gruesome scene in a motel room across from a south side shopping center.

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 until Oct. 16.

Brown was arrested July 9 after a maid told authorities she found a decapitated dog in the Super 8 motel room he was renting on South Virginia Street. Detectives also 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.