NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) –

A Branford man made a brief court appearance Tuesday after being charged with choking his dog to death when it misbehaved, and animal activists were there to greet him.

Alex Wullaert, 22, appeared Tuesday morning in New Haven Superior Court on animal cruelty and littering charges.

He has remained free on a promise to appear in court after being arrested last week when his dog was found dead inside a plastic bag in Madison in June.

A microchip found inside the dog’s body helped lead police to Wullaert.

Melissa Izzo said she works at the animal shelter where the dog, Desmond, was adopted.

“He was an absolutely wonderful dog,” she said. “He was sweet and affectionate and quiet.”

Police said Wullaert confessed to strangling the pit bull-boxer mix after it urinated on his leg and bit him.

At court Tuesday, several people carrying signs greeted Wullaert as he walked into – and out of – court. Some of the protesters even walked along side Wullaert, shouting “coward” and “murderer” at him.

Wullaert said in court papers that he put flowers on the lake where he tossed the dog’s body.

Activists have set up a Facebook page “Justice for Desmond” to help organize their protest.

Court officials said the case was continued until June 5.

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