R v Bourque, 2012 BCPC 452

Sentencing hearing following a guilty plea to endangering an animal, animal cruelty and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. As a result of the accused vocalizing her desire to kill humans and animals, campus security apprehended the accused under the Mental Health Act. Upon execution of a search warrant in the accused’s campus residence, police found a knife, a razor, latex gloves, a mask, and video clips of the accused killing the family dog and torturing the family cat.

For endangering an animal and the animal cruelty charges, the accused was sentenced to one month incarceration with the record to reflect on each of the counts six months of time served. The accused was sentenced to one month in jail consecutive to the other sentences, for the possession of a weapon charge. The accused was also given a probation order for three years, a weapons prohibition order, and a lifetime ban from owning or having custody of any animal.

Source: Case Law

Jurisdiction: British Columbia

Topics: animal endangermentcatdoglifetime animal ownership prohibitionmental healthsentencing

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