A man stabbed his pet Labrador twice, claimed to be God and threatened to kill police officers, a court heard.
Martin Stewart, 32, had joined his girlfriend Kelly Steedman, 31, for an NHS clap for carers.
But she later woke to discover he had put pet Labrador Fergus in a headlock before hanging the animal from a door handle.
Ms Steedman fled the property in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire and dialled 999, but was horrified as Stewart used a kitchen knife to stab the dog twice, reports GlasgowLive.
She then tried to wrestle the weapon from him, but he stabbed himself in the neck.
Police arrived but were confronted by a naked and blood-soaked Stewart who shouted “I'm going to kill you” and “I'm going to end the world”.
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At Hamilton sheriff Court, Stewart, who believed 'the world was going to end in two days', admitted threatening and abusive behaviour, causing the dog unnecessary suffering and assault in May last year.
A psychiatric assessment confirmed he was fit to plead guilty.
Depute fiscal Jennifer Cunningham said: “While she was downstairs she heard a squealing noise and ran back upstairs and found the accused with the pet dog in a headlock.
“He was applying pressure to the dog's neck and described the dog's eyes as rolling to the back of its head.
“She attempted to pull the dog away from the accused and break his grip.
“The dog ran from the room but she was unable to calm the accused who ran downstairs and put a dog chain around its neck and tied the other end on the handle of the front door.
“He then pulled the chain to the ground resulting in the dog being lifted off the ground and suspended by its neck.
“The witness placed her arms under the dog in a bid to release the pressure while screaming for him to stop what he was doing and noted the dog was choking.”
Miss Cunningham added: “She opened the door and went outside to phone 999, but saw the accused with a kitchen knife stab the dog twice in the abdomen.
“The witness intervened and attempted to wrestle the knife from the accused but the accused then stabbed himself in the neck.”
Sheriff Thomas Millar deferred sentence on the first offender until next month and continued bail.
Charges related to obstructing police officers and possession of cannabis were dropped by prosecutors.
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