Maple Ridge man charged with killing dogs during alleged break-in
by Jennifer Saltman / Special to The TIMES
A Maple Ridge man is facing criminal charges in connection with a break-in that left a home damaged and two dogs dead on the weekend.
Riley Dill, 20, made brief appearances in provincial court in Port Coquitlam on Monday and Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of killing an animal and one count of mischief.
On Tuesday, the court heard that a psychological assessment had been conducted to determine whether Dill was fit to stand trial, and that he had been found fit to proceed.
Dill — wearing a red jail uniform and with his brown hair dishevelled — stood silently in the prisoner’s dock during the proceedings.
A bail hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, during which the Crown lawyer said he plans to seek Dill’s detention. Dill has no prior criminal record.
According to Ridge Meadows RCMP, just before 4 p.m. on Saturday the resident of a home in central Maple Ridge reported a break-and-enter and said two dogs inside the home appeared to be dead.
Officers attended and Dill was arrested in the area. He is known to the people living in the home.
Police would not provide more information about the incident because the case is before the courts.
B.C. SPCA senior animal protection officer Eileen Drever said RCMP contacted the SPCA for assistance — such as arranging for necropsies — but the investigation is being conducted by the RCMP and she could not comment on the case.
-Jennifer Saltman is a reporter with The Province
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