Woman suspected of being her common-law partner responsible for the deaths of dogs



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The alleged dog killer, John Richard Geick, made his wife at the time feel like she was “crazy” to suspect that he had abused his two dogs.


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Joanna Smith burst into tears on the witness stand while describing her initial suspicion that Geick had abused her dead basset hound, Sophie, two days before finding her second dog so badly injured he had to be euthanized.

Smith said she woke up on the morning of February 15, 2018 to find Sophie had passed away.

She arranged to take the dog to a veterinary clinic, but did not point out that the animal had bruises on its stomach.

“No, I only did that a day after Tyler’s (his second dog) died,” Smith told Judge Bernette Ho.

“But didn’t those purple bruises make you suspect Sophie’s death at the time?” asked defense lawyer Efrayim Moldofsky.

“Yes, they were,” Smith said.

“I was suspicious all the time. It didn’t make sense that his body was wet and it made me feel like I was crazy to even think he would do something like that and I thought I was, ”she said. declared, before bursting into tears.


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Geick faces two animal cruelty charges in connection with Sophie’s death and injuries to Tyler, a chihuahua, who had to be euthanized on February 17, 2018, due to the injuries he sustained.

The court heard earlier that both dogs had suffered blunt trauma.

Smith told Crown Attorney Rose Greenwood that her then-husband woke her up on the morning of February 15, 2018 to tell her Sophie was having trouble breathing. When she went to see the dog, he was dead.

The woman took the animal to a nearby clinic for cremation. When she found Tyler in distress two days later and learned he was too injured to be saved, her suspicions grew and she called to have Sophie’s remains transferred to the Calgary Humane Society for examination.


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Smith also confronted Geick about the animal injuries.

“He said I was awful that I even thought that and got pissed off,” she said.

“I asked what had happened, that I knew something was wrong. I needed to know what had happened.

She continued to press Geick as they spoke in the living room of their home in southwest Calgary, suggesting he was responding to stress.

“He started to cry,” Smith said.

“And I just said I needed to know and he nodded as he cried.”

Smith asked Geick if he had kicked the dogs.

“I don’t remember if he nodded or if he was just crying, he was very emotional.”

The trial continues on Wednesday.

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