Bourque, now 25, was convicted in November 2012 of causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to animals, wilfully and without lawful excuse killing animals, and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. She also faced child pornography charges that were stayed.
She was sentenced to one month in jail on each of the charges, but had already spent six months in custody by the time she was sentenced. The judge ordered her to serve an additional two months in custody, in part so probation officials could prepare for her highly supervised release.
The former SFU criminology student has admitted to taking delight in killing animals and fantasizing about shooting homeless people. Several psychologists who interviewed Bourque found she showed no remorse or insight into her crimes.
In January 2013, B.C.'s Ministry of Justice confirmed Bourque was released on probation after serving just over seven months in custody.
"Bourque has an escalating criminal history," said the public notification issued by the ministry. "She has offended violently against both people and animals and is considered high risk to reoffend."