Travis Dauvin appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court on Aug. 15 in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend’s dog.
Dauvin pleaded guilty to intentionally killing a dog without a valid excuse.
It happened in May 2020 when the little dog bit the man and his retaliation resulted in the animal’s death.
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According to the Crown, Dauvin threw the dog, resulting in broken ribs, kidney damage and punctured lungs.
As a result of the guilty plea, Dauvin waived a trial.
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The defense asked for a conditional release.
“A conditional release is very similar to a probationary period, it can last a very long time. Importantly, the Criminal Code allows a parole to be revoked at any time, so it’s a very useful sentencing tool because it’s more dynamic than throwing someone in jail and slamming the door on them,” said Jillian Williamson, Dauvin’s attorney.
According to Williamson, his guilty plea showed Dauvin has changed and is taking responsibility.
“You have to convict someone appropriately, and you have to deal with their moral guilt, and there’s a lot of evidence before this court that allows her to see that his moral guilt is unlike almost any other case that’s been brought up she had before her,” Williamson said, referring to the judge.
The Crown asked for a much harsher sentence, with two different options: the first option is three to six months in prison; the second is nine to 18 months of community prison.
“The jail sentence would provoke the harshest and strongest response of denunciation and deterrence to the general public. The community jail will be less disruptive to his employment,” said Aaron Martens, Crown’s chief prosecutor.
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The Crown would also allow Dauvin to serve 120 hours of community service, 12 to 18 months probation, and ban him from owning animals.
Martens said he’s not sure what the judge will decide, but notes that both of his options send a message.
“We need to make sure people know that vulnerable members of our society, whether human or pets, need to be protected and that people who abuse them face consequences,” Martens said.
A decision is scheduled for September 23.
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