Calgary father convicted in violent deaths of basset hound, Chihuahua


A Calgary father has been found guilty of the brutal beating deaths of his spouse’s two dogs. John Geick, 39, was convicted on two counts of animal cruelty Tuesday by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Bernette Ho. “I simply did not believe him,” Ho said of Geick’s testimony. In February 2019, Joanna Smith and Geick lived together with their infant son in Calgary’s southwest. At the time, Smith had two dogs: a six-year-old basset hound named Sophie and a five-year-old Chihuahua named Tyler. Within three days, both animals died suddenly and unexpectedly. The day of Tyler’s death, Smith found a bloody towel, a mallet and electrical tape caked in dog hair in her garage.

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