David James Walkoski, 61, pleaded no contest on Tuesday in a Clackamas County Circuit Court to first degree aggravated animal cruelty for hiring his son, Derek James Walkoski to assassinate his neighbor's Labrador retriever in Canby, Ore. because the dog barked too much reports the Oregonlive.com.
According to the Clackamas County prosecutor, the senior Walkoski paid his son $500 to shoot the black Lab named Paws who was kept chained outdoors in his neighbor's yard.
In April 2012, the younger Walkoski shot Paws from the deck of his father's home. The bullet passed through the dog, killing him and hit a garbage receptacle.
Derek Walkoski, 30, is an alleged methamphetamine addict with a long history of crimes. He pleaded guilty to first degree aggravated animal abuse, a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and endangering another person's life. Currently serving a prison term of nearly four years for another unrelated crime, a plea agreement now adds 28 months to his sentence.
An informant told authorities about the contract to murder the dog. The pair were arrested earlier this year.
David Walkoski was also found guilty of violating a judge's order to stay away from the dog's owner. He will be sentenced on Jan.6.
Rest in peace Paws.
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