Gus vigil to be held Saturday night

A community will come together Saturday night to honour a four legged victim of crime that has sparked outrage and compassion throughout Owen Sound.  

A candlelight vigil is being held for Gus the black lab who died May 1st after being attacked by a suspect weilding an ax in a west end home. 

Owner Candace Dean spoke to the Dock News room and says she's hoping the vigil will help the community heal from the violent and difficult thing that happened in their home and city.

"Gus gave his life protecting our home and our other animals". 

The Deans have several rescue pets including cats and dogs.  

23 year old Wyatt Sturgeon is facing a number of charges in connection with the incident including cruelty to animals. 

His mother had an altercation outside his court appearance this week telling people her son suffers from mental health issues and is not a monster. 

Dean says she feels dreadfully for his family and is sorry they're also going through the tragedy. 

"The fear factor is real for me - the idea that someone broke into my home; that there was an act of violence in my home; that my husband walked in and all you could see was blood". 

Gus suffered critical injuries to his head and body and was later euthanized at the vet.  

The candleight vigil starts at 8pm Saturday at the picnic area of Harrison Park.  

You're asked to bring a candle and a chair if you wish.

Sturgeon's case has been put over to May 15th. 

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