EDMONTON ─ A man admitted Tuesday to stabbing Edmonton Police Service Dog Quanto to death when the K-9 officer nabbed him after he fled on foot following a police pursuit.
Paul Joseph Vukmanich, 27, pleaded guilty in Provincial Court to charges of animal cruelty, flight from police, resisting arrest, impaired driving, possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen property.
A joint submission by Crown and defence for a 26-month prison sentence was proposed, but the judge adjourned the case until Friday after saying he was "troubled" by it and questioning the shortness of the term.
According to agreed facts, police spotted Vukmanich driving a car with a stolen licence plate at about 5 a.m. on Oct. 7.
Officers tried to pull the car over, but Vukmanich led police on a brief chase until stopping at a gas station and fleeing on foot.