CALGARY- A 29-year-old man was handed a two year prison sentence Monday for killing a cat on in an animal abuse case that has shocked Calgarians.
The court heard that in September of 2012, Steven Alcorn stabbed a cat repeatedly before stringing it up in a garage and then having sex with his girlfriend.
Alcorn was also convicted of assaulting his girlfriend several months later as well as breaching a condition of his release.
Psychiatrists who examined Alcorn described him as a sexual sadist with an anti-social personality disorder.
The Crown said it was satisfied with Alcorn’s sentence.
“We’re of the view that this case was serious enough to warrant a very severe sentence,” said Crown prosecutor Gord Haight. “And that’s what the judge thought as well.”
Animal rights activists also applauded the sentence.
“We’re very, very happy,” said Heather Anderson of the DAISY Foundation. “It’s a lot more than we expected to happen today.”
Alcorn’s sentence includes three years probation during which he will receive counselling for substance abuse and domestic violence.
He has also been given a lifetime ban on owning an animal.