“This sick, sadistic, jealous, pathetic excuse for a man, should be put in a cell & left to rot!!”
BARRIE, Ont. — A man accused of deliberately killing his girlfriend’s puppy by slamming it on the floor because he was jealous has been released on bail.
Ryan Anthony Baklarz, 23, who is charged with killing an animal, was released on $2,500 and allowed to go home with his mother on Friday.
In court, the prosecution alleged Baklarz killed the fluffy six-month-old Pomeranian puppy named Angel in a jealous rage because his girlfriend was out with a friend with whom she was once in a relationship.
“The accused picked up the dog and slammed it on the hard tile floor, causing the dog’s death,” Crown attorney Jennifer Armenise said. “He then put the dog in a plastic bag, tied it and left it on the floor in front of the refrigerator.”
Sitting in her downtown Barrie apartment, with her Irish terrier at her side, girlfriend Ashley Berdan was still weepy Friday as she showed off pictures of Angel, a buff-coloured ball of fluff with big brown eyes. One photo shows the pup wrestling with a red ball, another with its head stuck in a jar of peanut butter.
“She had a thing for peanut butter,” Berdan said fondly.
Confined to a wheelchair for life, she said her dogs bring her great joy.
“My dogs are my life,” Berdan said.
Court heard that Berdan got a text from Baklarz stating: “I killed the dog.”
But, sitting in her apartment, Berdan said she didn’t believe him until she returned home Sunday around 7 p.m. and found a bag on the floor with something soft in it.
“I cried all night and when I woke up I cried again,” Berdan said.
She didn’t want to call police on her own boyfriend but a friend who was with her went outside and flagged an officer on the street, Berdan said.
She doesn’t understand why this happened. “He is normally a sweetheart,” Berdan said of Baklarz.
Baklarz, who has no criminal record, will be back in court Sept. 23.