Police have charged an 81-year-old eastern Ontario man after witnesses said they saw a man beat a dog with a hammer.

Ontario Provincial Police said they responded at 3:25 p.m. ET Saturday in Lyndhurst, Ont., about 150 km southwest of Ottawa, for an animal cruelty incident.

Residents had said they saw a man beating his dog. Officers said they saw the injured dog lying motionless near a pickup truck on the suspect’s property. The dog died from the incident.

The man was arrested shortly after and evidence was gathered from the scene.

The man, a resident of Lyndhurst, was charged with one count of killing or injuring an animal, two counts of cruelty to an animal and two counts of uttering threats.

The Ontario SPCA took other animals that lived at the home.

The suspect appears in court on Oct. 30 in Brockville, Ont.

Police want anyone with information about this incident to contact the Leeds County crime unit at 613-345-1790.