Dog walker Emma Paulsen should get jail time, Crown argues

The Crown has asked for six to 12 months of jail time for dog walker Emma Paulsen after six animals died while in her care.

Woman admitted to lying about the death of 6 dogs in the back of her pickup

A sentencing hearing will be held on Wednesday morning for a dog walker Emma Paulsen. (CBC)

The Crown has asked for six to 12 months of jail time in total for dog walker Emma Paulsen after six animals died while in her care. 

Paulsen pleaded guilty last November to one charge of animal cruelty and one charge of public mischief 

She made an appearance in court on Wednesday, where her lawyer argued she had no intention of hurting the animals and was in a rough emotional state at the time of the deaths.

He argued that she does not pose a danger to the public and suggested she not get any jail time. Instead, he argued for a conditional sentence with strict terms. 

Paulsen was charged over the deaths of six dogs after their bodies were found in a ditch in Abbotsford, B.C. 

The Crown said it was a not deliberate act by Paulsen to kill the dogs, but it was a deliberate act to leave them in her vehicle. 

The Crown asked for three to six months of incarceration for each count, plus a fine between $5,000 to $10,000. The dog owners whose pets died are also looking for restitution.

Last May, Paulsen reported six dogs stolen from the back of her pickup truck. At the time, she told police she went to use the washroom at a Langley, B.C., dog park and when she came back, the dogs were gone.

But an investigation later revealed that the dogs died in the back of her pickup while it was parked in Richmond, B.C.

At her last court appearance, Paulsen was heckled by animal rights activists. 

Jennifer Myers, the owner of one of the dogs, told CBC News she felt jail time would be an appropriate sentence, but she wasn't confident that will happen.

The judge reserved his decision until Jan. 28. 

With files from Meera Bains


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