Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Man Who Killed Tenants' Dog over Rent Dispute Sentenced to 1 Year

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Man Who Killed Tenants' Dog over Rent Dispute Sentenced to 1 Year

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Man who killed tenants' dog over rent sentenced

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CALGARY - A Calgary landlord who killed his tenants' dog over late rent has been sentenced to one year in jail.

Robert Nicholson was also given 18 months of probation, banned from owning animals or weapons for five years and ordered to undergo counselling.

The body of Chevy, a border collie cross, was found buried in the backyard of a Calgary home in March 2015.

Nicholson told police he had accidentally hit the dog with his vehicle, euthanized the injured animal and buried it.

An agreed statement of facts said Nicholson, 36, was in a rage when he broke down the door of his tenants' suite, chased the dog, hit it in the head with an axe, stabbed it several times and then slashed its neck, letting it bleed to death. …

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