It began as a small-scale neighbourhood dispute between a Shih Tzu and a pit bull named Rex. A goldendoodle soon entered the mix.

The trouble did not really begin until the humans got involved. By the time the dust had settled and the police had arrived, the pit bull was dead — choked to death by the owner of the Shih Tzu.

The circumstances of the pit bull's death in July, and the arrest of the Shih Tzu owner, Toquoc Huynh, were unusual enough. But just how unusual things had gotten became clearer Thursday, when the matter came up for

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