Credits: Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency
EDMONTON - An Edmonton man who drunkenly whipped his dog with a leash and told cops he did it because he "owns the world" was put behind bars Friday and banned from having pets.
Duane Michael Dudar, 38, was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty in Provincial Court to a charge of wilfully causing pain and suffering to an animal.
Judge Larry Anderson also slapped Dudar with a five-year prohibition preventing him from owning any pets.
Crown prosecutor Christian Lim told court that a city police officer heard Dudar yelling at his Labrador dog named Marley while completing an unrelated police report on May 31.
The officer saw Dudar yanking at Marley's collar, causing the dog to yelp in extreme pain, said Lim, adding the officer also noted that Dudar was "extremely intoxicated."
The officer called out to Dudar and began swearing at him to stop the beating, but Dudar continued, said Lim.
After hiding under the police cruiser, Marley - described as malnourished - finally came out with its tail between its legs when a bylaw officer showed up and coaxed the dog out.
As the police officer approached Dudar, Lim said he drunkenly told the officer: "I'm not a good guy, so what if I beat the dog. What are you going to do about it?"
Court heard Dudar also stated: "I own the world, the government will pay my tickets. I'm not a great guy."
And when the officer asked him why he beat the dog, which was described by Lim as a "helpless victim," Dudar replied: "Cause I f...ing own the dog and the world!"