Dog killer says he wouldn’t do it again

Dog killer says he wouldn’t do it again


Next time Calgary puppy killer Jacob Rabeau will take the bite and spare the dog, his lawyer said Thursday.

Defence counsel Willie de Wit said Rabeau overreacted when he clubbed to death a Husky pup that was barking at him, but has learned his lesson.

“My client told me ‘in the future I’ll take a bite over hitting a dog,'” de Wit told provincial court Judge Terry Semenuk.

Rabeau, 21, pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty in connection with the Aug. 2, 2007, death of Queensland resident Justin Kotulak’s four-month-old pet, Shea.

Crown prosecutor Richelle Freiheit said Rabeau was urinating in an alley behind Kotulak’s home when Shea approached in what two witnesses described as an excited state.

“The puppy approached the accused in this excited state and the accused believed the puppy was going to nip him, or bite at his legs,” Freiheit said.

“The accused finished urinating and ran to the back of his car with the puppy following him and continuing to bark,” she said, reading from an agreed statement of facts.

“The accused opened the rear, driver’s side door and removed a wooden object, either a two-by-four, or a bat.

“The accused swung the wooden object at the puppy, connecting once with the puppy’s skull,” she said.

Kotulak, noticing his dog had escaped the backyard, went looking for Shea and found him in a grassy area beside the alley.

“Kotulak picked up Shea and carried him into the backyard, where the puppy died in his arms,” said Freiheit, who is seeking a short jail term and up to 18 months probation.

De Wit said his client was initially concerned for his safety, but overreacted by using a piece of wood to strike the animal.

“He acted on instinct and he acted the wrong way,” de Wit said.

The lawyer suggested a conditional discharge, which would mean Rabeau would have no criminal record once he completed probation, would be appropriate.

Semenuk will sentence Rabeau May 7.

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Another name added in wild horse shooting

Another name added in wild horse shooting


Posted by Doreen on Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 8:21 pm.

Gary Cope, 35 has been added to the list of those charged with the shooting of a pregnant mare West of Sundre. Earl Anderson, Jason Nixon and a 13 year old boy, who cannot be named under the Young Offenders Act, were charged earlier this year. Jason Nixon has also been charged with uttering threats to a Fish and Wild Life Officer, interfering in an investigation and assaulting a witness. None of the accused showed up today, instead they reserved their plea until March 29th. The boy will be tried separately in a youth court.

It was good to see support coming from the Daisy Foundation’s, Heather Anderson and her team. The foundation was created after the horrific case of animal abuse of a female dog named Daisy Duke who’s legs were bound together and then was dragged behind a vehicle. Daisy Duke was later humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. The Foundation is wanting stiffer penalties for animal abusers and are looking for support of bill C373 see link below for details.

Check out their website at

I was pleased to see the Daisy Foundation there, and felt quite comforted by their presence. Collectively, animal advocates everywhere could create a much more powerful voice for all animals, if groups such as ours, all banded together in that which is ultimately a common goal. That goal is to protect every species of animal from abuse, neglect and an untimely death at the hands of man. Thanks again Daisy Foundation. Keep up the good work. See you on the 29th.

Thank you as well to Carol Srvcek and her partner Alan Hardy of Calgary, who are long term WHOAS members and good friends of ours. They met me first thing this morning in the parking lot of the provincial court house in Didsbury, and Carol proudly held up the WHOAS banner with me later on. As well, thank you Judy Becker of Calgary, who was there showing support with her grandson Wilder. Judy has a mini sanctuary which houses three wild horses that were rescued in January 09. The mare and her two fillies are making remarkable progress in Judy’s care. They were with 10 other wild horses rescued, which other wise were headed to the slaughter plant.

On a lighter note, tomorrow is a big day, I will ride Wyley for the first time under the tutelege of Mary. We will bring the much mellower wildie gelding home in mid March once I get a few riding lessons under my belt. Judy will be filming this hopefully noneventful, event and perhaps will it be posted on this site if all goes well. Wish me Luck, although I am sure I won’t need it. (nervous lol).

See link below to view CTV News footage of today’s court hearing.