KITCHENER — A judge will rule next month on whether a man injured his ex-girlfriend’s dog while the woman was at her grandmother’s funeral.
Dillon Hamilton-Palimaka, 29, has pleaded not guilty to causing unnecessary pain to an animal and unlawful entry into a dwelling.
At the funeral on March 7, 2019, Samantha Wolff and Hamilton-Palimaka, who were dating at the time, had a big argument. He left the funeral early, later drove to her Kitchener home, the Crown alleges, and injured her small dog, a Yorkipoo named Lexi.
When the Wolff family returned from the funeral, the dog’s blood was splattered on the walls and floors. Some of its teeth were broken and it was shaking and whimpering. A veterinarian said the dog’s injuries were consistent with being thrown against a wall.
The Wolffs said they had locked the doors before going to the funeral. Hamilton-Palimaka was the only person outside of the Wolff family who had the garage door access code, Crown prosecutor Vlatko Karadzic said in closing arguments this week. And he was the only person with the code who left the funeral early.
The accused left the funeral home around 1:15 p.m. He said drove to his residence, 13 kilometres away, used the washroom and told one of his brothers he was going to a convenience store. He said he drove to the store. 2.5 kilometres away, and then back home.
A woman who lives near the Wolffs testified she saw what she thought was Hamilton-Palimaka’s red truck parked by their home at 2:10 or…