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Canberra man to face court on animal cruelty, weapons charges

A Canberra man is facing several charges after allegedly stealing an acquaintance's dogs, then threatening two people with a gun.

ACT Policing said the 37-year-old Kambah man was due to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday, charged with cruelty to animals and three counts of using an offensive weapon.

Police said they were called about 11pm on Saturday after reports of a disturbance outside a house.

When officers were arrived, they were told the man had stolen an acquaintance's dogs and harmed one of them.

It is alleged the dogs' owner confronted the man, who pointed a gun at him and another person.

The man allegedly demanded money to release the animals, which were later returned to the owner.