Man pleads guilty to butchering pets

Kendall Goheen has pled guilty to animal-cruelty charges.  -
Kendall Goheen has pled guilty to animal-cruelty charges.
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The man who stabbed his dog and left it to die inside his freezer, and brutally killed his two cats in October of 2011, has pled guilty to three animal cruelty charges.

Kendal Goheen entered guilty pleas Tuesday to three counts of causing an animal to be in distress, The Richmond Review has learned.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in Richmond provincial court on Jan. 17, 2013 following the completion of a pre-sentencing report.

Crown counsel Don Montrichard said that pre-sentencing report could include a psychological or psychiatric component.

Goheen was originally charged with nine animal cruelty-related criminal charges.

According to Goheen's ex-wife, Latia Del Riviero, Goheen slaughtered the three animals not long after losing his job at a local cabinet making firm last year.

Their 70-pound boxer, Maza, and two cats, Pepper and Liston, were killed in the brutal Oct. 7, 2011 attack at Goheen's home on Garden City Road.

According to Lorie Chortyk, general manager of the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the attacks were "one of the most disturbing cases...encountered in recent memory."

"It is truly horrible to think of the terror and pain that these animals suffered," she said last year.

This isn't Goheen's first clash with the law.

In March of 2004, Goheen was arrested by U.S. federal agents carrying nearly $450,000 in cash sprawled out on a bed in a Colorado hotel room.

He's alleged to have been arranging the purchase of 150 kilograms of cocaine from an undercover agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Goheen pled guilty to trying to buy cocaine and was sentenced to three years in prison.

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