Puppy drowner sentenced to 90 days — (The Calgary Sun)

SSRI Ed note: Man in withdrawal from antidepressant cruelly drowns puppy, attempts suicide. Puppy owner claims this behaviour completely out of character. Gets jail term.

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The Calgary Sun

UPDATED: 2007-11-17 04:48:56 MST


EDMONTON — An Edmonton man who drowned a four-month-old puppy in a bathtub after the dog bit him has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

A provincial court judge was told that Jeff Vince, 46, was visiting his friend Dori-Anne Hayes on Sept. 3, 2006, when her puppy Shadoe — a small lap dog — sunk its teeth into him.

The man, who suffered from depression, drove home with the puppy in a cage, and immersed the pen in the bathtub as it filled with water.

Court heard that at one point, as the puppy was yelping, Vince called Hayes and asked if she wanted to hear her puppy die.

He then drowned the dog.

Hayes said she could hear Shadoe yelping and called police, who went over to Vince’s home and found the puppy dead and Vince trying to kill himself by overdosing on pills.

Provincial court Judge Peter Caffaro acknowledged that Vince was depressed at the time of the puppy killing, but said he had stopped taking his medication and was therefore responsible for his actions and a jail term was required.

Vince was also sentenced to two years of probation during which time he is forbidden from owning animals.

At one point during the sentencing, Hayes took the witness stand to plead for the judge to be lenient on Vince. “I have never ever seen him the way he was that night. He was not himself,” she said. “What happened that night . . . he was not the man I know.”