On January 9, 2014 the body of a Siberian Husky was found in a residential alley in Calgary and one week later the body of domestic short haired cat was found very close by. An extensive investigation by the Calgary Humane Society and the Calgary police Service led officials to Nicolino Camardi.
Camardi pleaded guilty to two counts of willfully causing pain, suffering or injury to animal or bird. Both the dog and the cat were subjected to gratuitous unprovoked violence; the dog was tethered so that his front feet were off the ground, the dog was struck by thrown food cans, kicked, and urinated upon. The dogs muzzle was taped closed with duct tape because he would cry from being restrained. The dog died of starvation and dehydration and was dumped in an alley near Camardi’s home.
The cat was placed in a plastic bag and thrown against the floor multiple times. The cat suffered from malnutrition, dehydration and sustained serious facial and cranial injuries. Camardi covered the cats face in duct tape and strangled it to death.
Camardi was already on probation from being convicted of other offences and suffered from Anti-Social personality disorder, he was 19 years old at the time of his trial.
The court suggests that the animals suffered ongoing, prolonged and extensive abuse which was not triggered by rage or provoked, but was deliberate.