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A judge has reserved the decision in the sentencing of a Calgary man who admits to killing his former tenants’ family dog.
Robert Nicholson pleaded guilty to one count of causing harm to an animal Thursday.
Chevy, a female Border Collie cross, was killed March 23, 2015.
Nicholson, 36, had sublet the main floor of a Renfrew house to Joe Hossay and his wife and kids.
Nicholson asked Hossay to watch over his belongings while he went on a three-month vacation to the Philippines to see his wife.
But when he returned, he claimed some of his valuables were missing and said he realized Hossay was late paying rent and other bills.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Nicholson went into a rage—breaking down the door to the Hossays’ suite.
Court heard Nicholson chased Chevy around the house, into the backyard and into the garage. Nicholson struck Chevy with the blunt end of an axe, causing a skull fracture.
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When that didn’t knock Chevy unconscious, court heard Nicholson stabbed him twice in the neck/throat with a knife. But that still didn’t kill Chevy.
The dog ran from the garage but then Nicholson attacked her again—attempting to cut the dog’s throat. The knife was too dull.
Nicholson went back in his home and got a serrated knife, then went back outside and cut through Chevy’s neck.
The vet who later examined Chevy said there were both stab and “saw” marks in the dog’s neck.
Chevy died from blood loss from the cut to her jugular and carotid veins.
Prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood told court the dog was “murdered in a violent, savage manner.”
She described it as ‘‘stark, unmitigated terror.”
The doctor estimated it took at least ten minutes for the dog to die and said the dog would have been gasping while the attack continued.
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When Hossay returned home, Chevy had already been buried by Nicholson in the backyard.
He lied to police twice about what happened before the truth came out, claiming the dog had been run over and saying he simply euthanized Chevy.
The prosecution is asking for a minimum of two years for the “gratuitous, unprovoked violence on a family pet.”
Greenwood said Nicholson targeted the dog.
“He was pissed off at Mr. Hossay and wanted revenge. He has no excuse for what he did. He lost his temper.”
Defence said Nicholson has a low IQ and ADHD and is suggesting a conditional sentence with no jail.
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