Eugene Krawchuk guilty of illegally shooting dog
Not guilty of using firearm carelessly around teenage girl
A man charged with shooting his neighbour's St. Bernard is guilty of illegally killing the animal.
- Krawchuk dog-shooting case in hands of judge
- Price family members describe fatal shooting of their St. Bernard
- Charges laid in shooting of family dog
Judge Marty Irwin said he didn't believe Krawchuk's evidence in the case stemming from an incident that took place in April 2013.
"The dog was merely trespassing," Irwin said. Eugene Krawchuk had less drastic alternatives available, he said.
"He went out with the sole intent of shooting the dog."
As the judge went through the decision, Krawchuk slowly slumped forward in his chair.
The dog, an eight-month old St. Bernard, belonged to the Price family, neighbours of the Krawchuks in the Rural Municipality of Grant, near Vonda, Sask., about 50 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.
Court heard that the dog, Bentley, ran into a pasture owned by the Krawchuks and that Lianne Price, then 16, was also on the land trying to coax the dog back.
The Krawchuk's lawyer, however, said the shooting was done in a safe way and for a valid reason.
Irwin said he could only find "three possible sins" that the dog committed.
One, that it had trespassed on the Krawchuk land. Two, that "it was owned by a Price." The two families had a simmering feud. Or, the dog's trespassing forced Krawchuk to leave his home and interrupted his online game of Candy Crush.
Irwin said none of these reasons justified killing the dog.
Irwin sentenced Laurie Krawchuk to 12 months probation and gave her a conditional discharge.
Eugene Krawchuk was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. He must also donate $500 to the SPCA and $800 to the teenage owner of the dog,
That's how much she had saved up to buy the puppy.