A Schenectady man whose two dogs killed a small terrier in June has learned his fate and the fate of the animals on Wednesday.
Judge Steven Swinton ruled that both dogs involved in the attack will be put down.
While in court, owner Sean McKearn pleaded guilty to his misdemeanor charge for harboring a dangerous dog. McKearn must pay a $2,000 restitution and serve 75 hours of community service. The judge also ruled that the two dogs must be put down and McKearn is not allowed to own a dog for the next year.
Judge Swinton said that while McKearn was not the worst person that he has seen in his court room, he is was described to be the most childish.
On August 13, a Schenectady judge ruled that one of the dogs, named Victor, must be put down. The second dog, Tyson, had to remain in the city kennel pending further decision by the judge.
On June 30, McKearn’s dogs jumped out of a window at their home and went after a smaller dog, which was being walked by its owner. The smaller dog died a few days later. Police have said that this wasn’t the first time the dogs had been involved in attacks on other animals, but the owners said they got loose because of human error and not aggression.
While in court, the owners of Templeton, the small dog, stood up in court for the first time, calling the terrier a poster dog against animal attacks.
After nearly two months of fighting, the two parties seem to agree they are just happy to have the whole ordeal over with.