Published: Mar 07, 2014 11:17 AM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A man accused of killing his dog with a pickaxe made his first appearance in a Lee County court today.

Galen Aune, 30, is charged with animal cruelty. He allegedly told police he killed the pitbull because the animal looked at him funny.

WINK News was inside the courtroom when Aune said he plans to hire a private attorney.

A judge set his bond at $50,000. At last check, Aune was still behind bars.