Alberta Man Pleads Guilty to Causing Unnecessary Suffering After Fatal Fire Reveals Neglect of Dogs

Michael Trithart has pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to four of his dogs, contrary to section 445.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. A fire at Trithart's home in April 2021 claimed the lives of three dogs, while a fourth, Sparky, survived with severe smoke inhalation but had to be euthanized later due to various medical issues. The three dogs who died in the fire were found with severe hair matting mixed with fecal matter. Sparky had a severed front foot from some months previous which was only attached to him by matted hair. The Alberta Court of Justice imposed a six-month conditional sentence order followed by eighteen months of probation, including terms governing Trithart's interaction with animals.