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Travis Dauvin, 33, appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court for sentencing Friday afternoon.

The 33-year-old man was given a six-month community sentence, 12 months of probation, and a three-year animal testing order.

“I think this is the best outcome given the facts of what we had today,” said Aaron Martens, the lead Crown prosecutor in the case.

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Dauvin pleaded guilty on August 15 to killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog intentionally and without lawful reason.

It happened in May 2020 when a small dog bit him and his retaliation caused fatal injuries to the pet.

According to the Crown, Dauvin threw the dog, causing broken ribs, kidney damage and a punctured lung.

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“Nothing is going to bring the dog back,” said Martens, “nothing is going to put us in a situation where none of this happened.” That is not something the court can do.”

During sentencing, the judge said that as the dog was known to Dauvin, the behavior was considered extreme.

However, the judge went on to say that the act did not rise to the level of imprisonment, describing offenses that warrant jail time as cruel and prejudicial.

Dauvin’s former attorney, Jillian Williamson, was replaced by criminal defense attorney Mike Buchinksi at Buchinski + Co. He says his client is ready to put the matter behind him.

“Dauvin’s counsel at the first hearing had asked for a conditional release,” Dauvin’s lawyer said. “Today he received that conditional sentence order. So it was not what the captain wanted, but it was the judge’s decisions.”

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The judge also ordered 12 months of probation. Dauvin will have a curfew between 10pm and 6am unless he is given permission from the court or his supervisor. He must also engage in ongoing anger management, individual counseling, and 60 hours of community service during that time.

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He is also not allowed to own an animal or be alone with an animal for three years.

The prosecutor says the courts are increasingly recognizing that crimes against animals are crimes of violence, and reflect how a person treats the vulnerable in his life.

“You can get a criminal record, you can go to jail for committing violence against vulnerable people in society, and we need to control our behavior.”

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