Shearstown man accused of animal cruelty denied bail

Terry Roberts
Published on December 13, 2012

William Patrick Butler of Shearstown is escorted into provincial court in Harbour Grace on Thursday, Dec. 13 by RCMP Const. Corette Penney and guard Mike Farrell (background).

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Compass

A 52-year-old male resident of Shearstown will spend a second night behind bars after a provincial court judge ruled that he be remanded back into custody until she had more time to review the case.

A bail hearing for William Patrick Butler took place late this afternoon (Dec. 13), and the facts disclosed during the hearing convinced Judge Jacqueline Brazil that she could not immediately rule on whether the accused should be released.

Butler has been making headlines since it was revealed he allegedly shot and killed his dog on Monday.

He now faces a growing list of charges stemming from a second incident on Wednesday evening, when he allegedly threatened the person who originally reported the incident with the dog.

Butler is reported to have admitted to taking the dog outside and killing it with a shotgun. He also told police the dog was healthy at the time.

The incident was reported to police on Dec. 10, and Butler was later arrested and charged, and released for a future court date.

But on Wednesday, police received another call, alleging that Butler had issued threats.

He was again arrested and charged with uttering threats. As the investigation continued, police determined there was enough evidence to charge Butler with careless use of a firearm and assault, stemming from two unrelated incidents.

During today's bail hearing, it was revealed that Butler has previous convictions for uttering threats, theft and mischief.

He is due back in court at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.