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Wednesday, May 9, 2012County: Niagara
Charges: Felony CTA
Defendant/Suspect: Jason E. Evrard
Case Updates: 1 update(s) available
A Wheatfield man has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty after Niagara County authorities say he slammed his grandmother's lap dog to the floor so hard that it fractured the dog's pelvis.
Jason E. Evrard, 27, of Walmore Road, pleaded not guilty to the charge Tuesday night before Wheatfield Town Justice John J. Mattio.
He is set for pre trial date of May 21 at 5pm at the Wheatfield Town Court.
Evrard last week removed the nearly 8-year-old Lhasa Apso, named Abby, from his grandmother's lap and threw it to the floor as hard as he could, according to authorities.
The grandmother turned to the SPCA of Niagara for help when she could not afford veterinarian bills. She has surrendered the injured animal.
"I don't understand how someone can abuse an animal like that," said Aaron D. Kandefer, the peace officer for the SPCA of Niagara, who brought the charges against Evrard. "I don't understand the thought process."
Kandefer said the dog came into a room last Thursday after a door was left open and then got too friendly with one of Evrard's cat's two-week-old kittens. The dog played too roughly and killed the kitten, he said.
"[Evrard] was in a fit of rage and took it out on the animal," Kandefer said. "Clearly the dog did not mean to kill the kitten. The dog had been with the mother cat forever, but was probably just playing too rough [with the kitten]."
Kandefer said Evrard threatened the dog as his grandmother held it.
"How would you like it if I broke your dog's neck?" Evrard reportedly asked his grandmother.
He then picked up the dog and slammed it down, authorities said.
The grandmother, who is in her 70s, consulted a number of vets that night, but due to costs, was forced to surrender the dog to the SPCA of Niagara for treatment the following day, Kandefer said.
The dog will be put on full rest in an attempt to heal its broken pelvis, Kandefer said. He said that if the dog does not heal, it will need surgery.
"She is such a happy dog who loves to see people, but every time she tries to move, she screams out in pain," Kandefer said. "Even with narcotics and pain control, it is still very painful."
In a previous incident, Evrard was charged with second-degree assault Sept. 5 following a verbal confrontation that escalated into a fight.
|A Niagara County Sheriff's deputy on patrol early Thursday morning caught a man wanted on a felony aggravated cruelty to animals charge originating from a May 2012 incident in which he slammed his grandmother's dog to the floor, severely injuring it.|
The deputy said he was on patrol about 12:30 a.m. on Stieg Road in Wheatfield when he noticed a man riding a bike wearing dark clothing with a backpack.
The deputy pulled up behind the bike rider, later identified as Jason E. Evrard and tried to stop him as they turned onto Errick Road. Instead, Evrard quickly turned into a nearby driveway and rode into the backyard. Evrard went around the residence but was followed by the deputy in his patrol car.
When Evrard again attempted to ride behind the residence, the deputy exited his car and went around the opposite side of the house and ordered him to stop or he would use a Taser.
Evrard kept riding and the deputy deployed his Taser as they were about 10 feet apart. Evrard was struck in the back, at which point he fell to the ground yelling, "I'm done. I'm done."
The deputy said he secured Evrard without further incident and found him to have an active felony warrant for aggravated cruelty to animals.
The charge stems from a May 2012 incident in which he slammed his grandmother's Lhasa Apso dog to the ground, fracturing its pelvis.
At his sentencing in November, Evrard was sentenced to five years probation for his guilty plea to a single felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals. At the time of his sentencing, State Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch Sr. told Evrard he could be sent to state prison for up to four years if he violated the terms of his probation.
The specifics of Evrard's parole violation were unavailable Thursday.
After the incident Thursday morning, Evrard, 28, 6683 Walmore Road, was also charged with trespassing and resisting arrest.
He was taken to Niagara County Jail where he is being held without bail.
|Source: Tonawanda News - July 12, 2013|
Update posted on Jul 21, 2013 - 12:47AM
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