PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – The 22-year-old man who used knife, hammer and a shovel to kill and then bury his family’s dog admitted his guilt.
Abel Nistor appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Angel Lopez on Monday afternoon and pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree aggravated animal abuse and one count each of animal abuse and first-degree theft.
Sentencing has been scheduled for July 1, 2015. According to Erik Eklund, Nistor’s defense attorney, the presumptive sentence is 36 months of probation with anger management classes and community service. Calls into the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office have not been returned.
KOIN 6 News first reported that deputies with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Nistor residence on April 27, 2015 to investigate reports of animal cruelty.
Nistor had been upset with the family’s Rottweiler named Leo. Earlier in the day, he abandoned the dog and told family members made a promise to family member that “I’m gonna kill that dog,” court documents state.
Later, the Multnomah County Search and Rescue Team responded to the family’s home in the 5100 block of Southeast Jenne Road and searched the property. They located Leo’s remains buried just outside the property, court documents state.
Nistor had told his family that he killed the “dog in the cruelest way possible,” court documents state. He also said to family members that he enjoyed the killing.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office sought to have Nistor’s bail increased to $250,000 based the violent nature of the killing. Nistor has remained in custody since his arrest.