Alleged dog tosser confessed to being “sarcastic” to cops

A Scarborough man accused of killing his pet beagle by launching it from his seventh-floor balcony testified that he was “being sarcastic” when he flippantly said his “metaphysical self” did the crime.

Under cross-examination by Crown lawyer Jason Gorda, Adrian Foster testified Wednesday that the “tone of police questions” disturbed him before his arrest at his Fir Valley Court apartment.

“It’s the way they were asking me questions that upset me. They already had their minds made up and weren’t investigating this openly,” said Foster. “I was being sarcastic because of their tone.”

Earlier, Foster testified that he was lying in bed when a loud commotion from the ground level compelled him to walk onto his balcony and spot his pet Beagle named Day in distress on the front lawn.

He testified he has “no idea” how his pet plunged to its death, but denied tossing the animal or confessing to the crime to angry onlookers who shouted violent threats and homophobic profanities against the gay man.

Foster, 26, is accused of killing his two-year dog and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal in November 2016. He has pleaded not guilty in the judge-alone trial and is asserting the dog either slipped accidently or jumped from the balcony.

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Foster testified he has been living on the streets or in homeless shelters since he was 14 years old.

Despite his adversity, Foster passed high school and studied some chef courses from George Brown College, court heard.

He has been involuntarily hospitalized for mental illness on more than one occasion and was moved from the Toronto area to the Scarborough housing complex a few months before his arrest. He has spent the last 18 months in solitary confinement.

Foster testified he’s not a violent person, but admitted prior convictions for assault, resisting arrest and recent allegations of head-butting and breaking a jail-guard’s nose.

Gorda asked Foster why he “never mentioned his dog by name” in testimony or displayed any emotion over its death.

“No one asked me how I felt. I was bawling my eyes out in jail. It was awful,” said Foster.

Justice Julie Thorburn will deliver her judgment Thursday.

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