Kayla Bourque, a 23-year-old former Simon Fraser University criminology major, will live in Vancouver, British Columbia, under supervised conditions, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported the provincial Ministry of Justice confirmed Monday.
Bourque was found guilty in November of causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to animals, illegally killing them and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Child pornography charges brought against her were stayed.
She was sentenced to a month in jail on each count but had already served six months in jail by then, making her eligible for release.
Last March, she told another student she had disemboweled and dismembered cats and had thought about getting a gun and shooting a homeless person. She also divulged she wanted to kill someone at the school and was taking forensic classes because she wanted to "get away" with something in the future.
The classmate told campus security, leading to Bourque's arrest and discovery of videos showing her killing the family dog and torturing the family cat.
Psychologists who interviewed Bourque found she showed no remorse or insight into her crimes, the CBC said. One of them testified she will likely require supervision for the rest of her life.
"Bourque has an escalating criminal history," the ministry said in a public notification. "She has offended violently against both people and animals and is considered high risk to re-offend."
Her probation will depend on her abiding by 46 court-ordered conditions, officials said. She is to be closely monitored by authorities. Her situation is to be reviewed in three months.