Toronto Sun

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Girl BBQed dog alive

Teen convicted on two counts of cruelty

By PHILIP LEE-SHANOK, TORONTO SUN

A 17-year-old Etobicoke girl was convicted on two counts of animal cruelty yesterday for beating -- then barbecuing alive -- the family's tiny Pomeranian named Peppy.

The incident occurred on or around April 30 in a north Etobicoke house and was reported to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Peel Police found out about the horrific crime while investigating an earlier break-and-enter in Mississauga.

The 12-year-old dog had been confined in a room then repeatedly kicked and thrown against a wall. Then he was burned on a gas barbecue, possibly while still alive. Investigators were not able to recover the dog's body.

"On the strength of what the police had learned, they had cause to believe what had taken place," said OSPCA spokeman Jim Pollock. "It was largely circumstantial evidence."

The young offender, who cannot be named, was convicted by a Criminal Court judge at Old City Hall on two counts of animal cruelty.

Pollock said he knew of no reason given by the girl for such cruelty to the dog -- the family's pet of seven years.

"I'm not sure what her motivation was. It was clearly a random and horrific act," said Pollock. "Our frustration is a conviction doesn't bring the appropriate level of penalty."

The girl will return for sentencing in January. The maximum penalty for animal abuse is six months in jail, a two-year ban on owning animals, and a fine of up to $2,000.

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