Canby man sentenced for dog hitman-for-hire
A former Canby man was fined $3,000 and sentenced to 30 days in jail Monday for paying his son $500 to kill a neighbors dog.
David James Walkoski, 62, pleaded no contest last month in Clackamas County Superior Court to charges of first-degree aggravated animal abuse and a contempt charge for violating a court order to stay away from the dogs owner.
The judge ordered Walkoski to pay the dog owners $500 restitution and $2,500 in compensatory damages for loss of companionship.
In addition to the 30-day jail sentence, Walkoski received two-years probation on the animal abuse charge and three-years probation on the contempt charge.
He also must take anger management classes, have no contact with the dogs owners and cannot own a domestic animal for 15 years.
Prosecutors said the elder Walkoski was annoyed by the barking of a 7-year-old black Labrador retriever kept in the backyard of a neighbor in rural Canby. His son shot the dog with a rifle in April 2012 and later received a payoff from his father. They were arrested in early 2013.
The son, Derek Walkoski, 30, pleaded guilty Dec. 17 to charges of first-degree aggravated animal abuse, felon in possession of a firearm and recklessly endangering another person. A plea agreement, including unrelated charges, added 28 months to a three-year, nine-month prison sentence he is serving for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.