B.C. authorities issue public warning about woman convicted of killing animals

Kayla Bourque, 25, shown in this undated handout image. British Columbia's Ministry of Justice is warning the public about the release of a 25-year-old woman who was convicted of causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to animals.
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VANCOUVER - The B.C. justice ministry is warning the public about the release of a 25-year-old woman who was convicted of brutally killing animals.

The ministry issued a public notification that says Kayla Bourque is a violent offender with an escalating criminal history.

The warning says she poses a high risk to reoffend and plans to live in New Westminster, B.C.

Bourque has also been convicted of killing animals without lawful excuse and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The ministry says 47 court-ordered conditions mean Bourque is on a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, can't own any animals or possess knives except for food preparation.

A past decision by the B.C. Court of Appeal says she told a psychiatrist that she hanged and dismembered a family dog in 2009 and killed a family cat in a similar way the following year.

That decision also says she told a Simon Fraser University student that she wanted to kill a homeless person and was studying forensics to learn how to evade police.

The New Westminster police says it's working with ministry and correctional officials to ensure the community is safe.

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