LOCKPORT – A man who was placed on probation last November for animal cruelty admitted violating its terms Friday, the day after a Niagara County sheriff’s deputy zapped him with a Taser to stop his attempts to flee.
Jason E. Evrard, 28, of Walmore Road, is to be sentenced Aug. 2 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. He could receive up to four years in prison for aggravated cruelty to animals.
The charge stems from a May 10, 2012 incident, in which Evrard slammed his grandmother’s Lhasa Apso dog to the floor after the dog killed a kitten belonging to Evrard’s house cat. The dog suffered a fractured pelvis.
Evrard, who said he hadn’t taken a court-mandated anger management course because he couldn’t afford the fees, was arrested about 12:35 a.m. Thursday outside a house at Steig and Errick roads in Wheatfield. Deputy Ben Eodice saw him bicycling while wearing dark clothing and a backpack, and Evrard wouldn’t stop when ordered to do so, Eodice reported.
After a car and foot chase, Eodice fired his Taser and charged Evrard with resisting arrest and trespass.