Danes were shot in life, snorted in death
Great Danes Samson and Epic were shot to death in 2010 by a neighbor who felt threatened by them.
In death, they’d go on to be disrespected again.
The cremated remains of the two dogs were snorted by burglars who, for some reason, thought the urn they stole contained drugs.
One of the three men accused of stealing jewelry, a laptop, a flat screen TV and the urns from the Florida home of Holli Tencza was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in prison, Ocala.com reports.
Jose David Diaz-Marrero, 20, was involved in a string of burglaries in Silver Springs Shores with two other men between December 2010 and January 2011, police say.
Detectives investigating the case said the three men told them they thought the urns taken from the Tencza home contained crushed pills and decided to taste and snort the contents.
“I recognize that I’ve made a big mistake,” Diaz-Marrero, who pleaded guilty to four burglaries, said in court Friday. “I wish the victims were here so that I could tell them how sorry I am.”
Upon his release from prison, Diaz-Marrero will be placed on six years probation, during which he will have to pay more than $20,000 in restitution to the victims in the cases, including $9,000 to Tencza.
Tencza’s Great Danes were shot and killed after they got loose from their back yard in August 2010. They wandered down the street and were shot by a man who saw them while working in his garage. He told police he felt threatened by them.
In September, a candlelight vigil — shown in the video above — was held in their honor.
Despite public anger over the shootings, and petitions demanding justice, the shooter was never charged.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 10th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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