Dog owner ‘lost it,’ says resident
Accused overreacted after ‘Trigger’ defecated on the floor
The New Harbour man accused of killing his dog on the night of Sunday, Sept. 8 overreacted after the animal defecated on the floor, said a resident of the town familiar with circumstances of the incident.
The resident, who asked not to be identified, said the accused was drinking prior to the incident, and “took out his frustrations on the dog.”
“We’re all very upset. We can’t believe he did this,” said the resident, who lives close enough to the home of the accused to hear “a lot of knocking and banging” just before midnight.
The 37-year-old accused has not yet been charged, but was held in custody until Monday morning for what police called an unrelated matter.
When asked if he was detained overnight because the accused was intoxicated, an RCMP official in Whitbourne said, “it could be.”
Police are not yet confirming how the dog died. A postmortem is being done, and the man could face a charge under the Criminal Code for unlawfully killing an animal. Police have also not ruled out additional charges.
The man is scheduled to appear in Harbour Grace provincial court on Nov. 5.
The incident was generating plenty of conversation in the Trinity Bay community and beyond last week, and social media was also abuzz with speculation about what happened, and opinions about what should happen to the accused.
“He gives New Harbour a bad name,” said another resident.
The Compass knows the man’s identity, but is not releasing his name at this time. Attempts to contact the man were unsuccessful, and sources say he does not have a phone. The man does not have gainful employment, and is taking medication for an injured leg, sources say.
The resident said she knew something was wrong after hearing loud banging, and then arguing as neighbours came to investigate.
The police were called, and it was confirmed the dog, a fiveyear-old beagle named Trigger, had died.
A neighbour gave the dog to the accused several months ago, and the man intended to take the dog hunting. He even purchased a firearm recently, said the resident.
The resident said the accused is not known to be violent, and does not believe he set out to kill the animal.
“He’s very upset about what happened. He feels bad.”
When asked how the accused killed the animal, the resident replied: “I never witnessed it, but I witnessed a good bit of it. He was drinking too much with his buddies. He said he had his dog in his house, and the dog pooped on the floor. He said he took the dog and slung her across the floor, and then hove her in the pen. There was no blood like people are saying. There were no marks on the dog,” said the resident.
“He said he hit the dog more then he should have.”
The resident said people are angry about what happened, and there’s a feeling the accused should be held accountable.
“He should get whatever he deserves,” said the resident. “You make your bed, you lie in it.”
When asked if the accused has a prior criminal record, a senior officer at the RCMP in Whitbourne said the detachment’s computer database had no files on the man.