TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Lower Burrell man admits killing dog

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Gregory Novick Jr.
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A Lower Burrell man pleaded guilty Wednesday to chopping off the head of his grandmother's dog last year.

Greg Novick Jr., 25, was sentenced to serve up to 23 months in jail, but could be released immediately once he can find a place to live.

Westmoreland County Judge John Blahovec rejected an effort by Novick to move in with his grandmother.

“I'm really reluctant to approve your release to live with your grandmother without some sort of treatment. It just makes me nervous,” Blahovec said.

Novick was arrested in February 2012 and charged with cruelty to animals and trespassing for the incident at his grandmother's home.

Police said Novick lured the dog into the kitchen where he used a hatchet to kill the animal.

His grandmother, Dolores Novick, told police her grandson admitted he put the dog in a burn barrel and that she found the decapitated pet the next morning by following foot prints in the snow.

In court Wednesday, Gregory Novick said the dog previously threatened his grandmother.

“The dog was biting her on several occasions so we got rid of the dog,” Novick said.

Novick said he wanted to live with his grandmother upon his release from jail, but assistant District Attorney Judy Petrush said the plea bargain that was offered and eventually accepted had to include a provision that barred him from having any contact with his grandmother's home.

Novick has already served a year in jail and is now eligible for parole.

Blahovec said Novick can be released as soon as he finds a place to live.

In addition to the jail time, Novick was ordered to serve five years on probation.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Couple attempts theft at North Huntingdon Wal-Mart
  2. Acme man’s ephemeral sculptures appear to defy laws of physics
  3. Man taken to hospital after New Alexandria house burns
  4. A family’s flag flies again in Mt. Pleasant
  5. Hempfield train crash search called off; no evidence found
  6. Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township
  7. Numerous Westmoreland communities to observe Memorial Day
  8. Online donors help Hempfield teen whose wallet was stolen
  9. Brutal winter hits Latrobe water system pipes, budget
  10. Westmoreland used car dealers indicted in fraud
  11. Youngwood veteran officially joins the Class of 1945