Approximate Age: 49
Location: Sherwood Park, AB (CA)
Feb 16, 2008 - Sherwood Park, AB (CA)
Convicted: Dog's throat slashed
Sentence: Shawn Rankin, 42, had pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing an animal after he slit the throat of Sammy, his neighbour's dog. On Sept. 11, 2008, a Provincial Court judge sentenced him to a conditional discharge that included one year's probation, 100 hours of community service and a victims' services surcharge of $50.
The Crown had appealed the sentence on the grounds that it did not properly denounce Rankin's actions and asked Court of Queen's Bench Justice Lawrie Smith to consider a harsher sentence. Smith decided the original sentence was properly administered in law and dismissed the Crown's appeal.... more...