Rhonda Brophy, with her dog Ruby Rose, and Bill Dicks, with his dog Willa, talk with reporters in the hallway at provincial court in St. John’s on June 19. The animals were two of seven pit bulls at the centre of the animal cruelty case in Conception Bay South involving Ross A. Martin who was charged and had his case called in court June 19. — File photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Conception Bay South man facing almost two dozen charges, including over a dozen related to animal cruelty against seven pit bulls.
When Ross A. Martin’s case was called in provincial court in St. John’s Thursday morning, the 35-year-old wasn’t there, but was represented by his lawyer, Randy Piercey.
Piercey told Judge Pamela Goulding that he had just requested the police evidence package and needed time to review the file.
However, he said there was another issue — an arrest warrant had been issued for Martin on unrelated charges.
The warrant was issued May 21 against Martin, who also faces charges from St. John’s and Harbour Grace, when his surety was withdrawn.
Piercey and Crown prosecutor Bill Cadigan agreed to set the case over until Aug. 21.
Martin is charged with seven counts each of animal cruelty and unlawfully causing an animal suffering.
The dogs were seized from an abandoned property in Upper Gullies in December 2013 after residents reported hearing yelps. The dogs were taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment.
But Martin faces nine other charges, including break and enter, assaulting a peace officer and uttering threats from St. John’s, as well as drug and weapons charged from Harbour Grace, which both stem from incidents earlier this year.
When Martin’s case was called last month, four pit bulls — including two which were reportedly involved in the animal cruelty case — were outside Courtroom No. 7 with new their owners Bill Dicks and Rhonda Brophy.
Dicks, with Willa, and Brophy, with Ruby Rose, were again outside the courtroom Thursday morning.