R v Paul, [1997] BCJ No 808 (Prov Ct)

Accused plead guilty to causing unnecessary pain or suffering to a cat, contrary to section 446(2) of the Criminal Code. The cat was killed at the request of the accused’s family because the cat was starving. The cruelty resulted from the manner in which the accused proceeded to kill the cat.

In concluding that the accused did not intended to inflict cruelty upon the cat and that such offences against animals were rare, the Court sentenced the accused to imprisonment for 1 day consecutive to the accused’s current sentence for dishonesty. In addition, the accused was prohibited from owning or having the custody or control of an animal for 2 years.

Associated Statute:

Criminal Code, RSC 1985, c C-45, s 446(1)(a), 446(2), 446(5)

Source: Case Law

Jurisdiction: British Columbia

Topics: cateuthanasiageneral deterrencehumaneintentkillownership banrare offencesentencingsuffering brief in duration

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