CALGARY — A Calgary man who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges for taping shut the mouths of a dog and cat will remain in custody while he undergoes a psychiatric assessment.
Nicolino Camardi has been in custody since he was arrested in May.
Camardi’s lawyer says his client has already served enough time and opposed a psychiatric evaluation prior to sentencing.
The judge, however, disagreed and ordered the assessment.
Sentencing arguments are scheduled for Feb. 26.
The Crown has indicated it will be asking for a sentence in excess of two years.
The animals, who were found in an alley last January, had both been strangled, beaten and starved.