The Crown will seek to have a pit bull — that viciously killed a small poodle-terrier in St. John's last October — destroyed.
The owner of the pit bull, Jason English, 32, was found guilty Tuesday in provincial court in St. John’s of failing to properly tether or pen his dog.
The case was called today in court for what was expected to be sentencing. However, prosecutor Bill Howse told Judge Colin Flynn that the Crown will seek to have the pit bull put down as part of the sentence.
Defence lawyer James Goodwin told Flynn he needed time to prepare to argue against the Crown’s intention.
The case has been set over to Nov. 2 to give lawyers time to prepare.
English was charged following the incident Oct. 6, 2011, outside George Town Pub when the pit bull attacked the smaller dog. The smaller dog suffered severe injuries and had to be euthanized.
Several witness took the stand during the trial describing an horrible incident.
English admitted it was his dog that attacked the smaller dog, but said the rope and latch securing the gate had been removed, allowing his dog to get free.
Flynn said English did not do enough to safely secure his dog, and that it was only after the incident that he installed a chain and a bolt lock on the gate.