Man sentenced after pleading responsible to killing canine, setting it on fireplace in Bucks

NORTHAMPTON TWP., Pa. – A person in Bucks County has discovered his destiny after pleading responsible Wednesday to killing his canine after which burning it on a barbecue grill, in response to a information launch from the Bucks County District Legal professional’s Workplace.

Nikolay Lukyanchikov, 50, of Northampton Township, was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in state jail. He pleaded responsible to counts of receiving stolen property, aggravated cruelty to animals, possessing an instrument of crime, cruelty to animals and recklessly endangering one other individual, the DA’s workplace stated.

Calling his actions offensive, Frequent Pleas Decide Raymond F. McHugh sentenced Lukyanchikov to spend as much as 4 years in state jail and in addition ordered that he may by no means personal, possess, or take care of any animals of any form, in response to the DA’s workplace.

The DA’s workplace says the canine, an 8-year-old greyhound named Bonanza, was rescued in February 2019 from a Macau, China, racetrack. He was one in all 118 greyhounds saved from the racetrack and cared for by the Nationwide Greyhound Adoption Program in Philadelphia.

He was adopted by Lukyanchikov in October 2019 who renamed the canine Preacher. The investigation started when Northampton Township police have been dispatched at 7:12 a.m. on April 30, 2021, to a residence on Holly Knoll Drive for a report of a firepit and a sofa on fireplace within the entrance yard, the DA’s workplace stated. Upon arrival, patrol officers discovered Lukyanchikov, the property proprietor, who was sitting on a bench close to the fireplace. Police noticed him throwing pretend $100 payments into the fireplace and squirting it with lighter fluid, authorities stated.

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Additionally they noticed a 9-mm handgun on the bench, which turned out to be a gun that fired blanks, in response to the DA’s workplace. Police stated Lukyanchikov was “extremely intoxicated.”

Authorities say as soon as the fireplace was extinguished, police noticed an unknown animal badly burned and charred on prime of a small steel charcoal grill. The animal was later decided to be Lukyanchikov’s canine, Preacher, the DA’s workplace stated.

A necropsy later decided that Preacher had been shot a minimum of as soon as. A roommate advised police that she heard a number of photographs coming from Lukyanchikov’s bed room and when she went to the bed room to see what occurred, she discovered that he had shot his canine, the DA’s workplace stated. She stated she barricaded herself in her room as a result of she was afraid.

Police additionally discovered a number of shell casings on the ground, together with a number of different firearms in plain view all through the bed room, in response to the DA’s workplace. Throughout a search of the residence, police noticed bullet holes within the flooring of the bed room and exit holes within the ceiling of the primary flooring front room, authorities stated. Police served a search warrant and seized a 9-mm Baretta handgun with an prolonged journal and 5 hole level rounds.

Throughout Wednesday’s listening to, Deputy District Legal professional Robert D. James stated Lukyanchikov was deemed an individual to not possess a firearm beneath the legislation as the results of a previous involuntary dedication in 2011. Since that point, Lukyanchikov tried to buy a firearm in 2019 from a Bucks County gun retailer however was declined, wrote to the state to have his rights to own a firearm restored, and requested his roommate to buy him a firearm however she additionally refused, the DA’s workplace stated.

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He finally acquired a firearm by stealing a 9-mm Baretta from a buddy’s widow per week earlier than he used the gun to kill his canine, James stated. James advised Decide McHugh that in an interview, Lukyanchikov stated he shot the canine to place it out of its distress, but additionally as a result of he was “having a tough day.”