Dog owner ‘lost it,’ says res­i­dent

Ac­cused over­re­acted af­ter ‘Trig­ger’ defe­cated on the floor

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS

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.

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