Abused puppy case given $9,400 boost

Abused puppy case given $9,400 boost

CALGARY SUN | NOVEMBER 30, 2009

The search for the person who savagely beat a three-month-old puppy was thrown a $9,400 treat by a donor furious over the assault.

The donation to the animal advocate Daisy Foundation brings the total bounty for information leading to the conviction of the animal abuser to at least $10,500, said the group’s founder, Heather Anderson.

“We were hoping it would go to $1,000, then this,” said Anderson, adding the anonymous donor owns two dogs.

“He’s obviously an animal lover and he was obviously mad about it.”

On Nov. 3, the bloodied, emaciated and unconscious Doberman pup was found in the parking lot of the Calgary North Veterinary Hospital at 4202 4 St. N.W.

Among the wounds suffered by the dog nicknamed Mike was a broken left foreleg and head injuries. But after surgery, the animal is recovering well, say Calgary Humane Society officials.

Henderson said news of the donation — given Thursday — has already made a difference in the investigation.

“We had more leads this morning than we had when the fund was at $600,” she said.

Even if the reward is claimed, Henderson said the foundation is determined to create a permanent cash pool for such cases.

And unless Canadians press politicians to increase the penalties for animal abuse, such donations will continue to be needed, she said.

“Even we get a conviction for this guy, he’ll just get a slap on the wrist,” she said.

Anyone with information that can lead to the name of the dog’s owner is urged to call the Calgary Humane Society at 403-723-6038.

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Reward offered to solve puppy beating

Reward offered to solve puppy beating

CALGARY HERALD – NOVEMBER 14, 2009

A local foundation is offering a $10,500 reward for information that identifies the person who injured a three-month-old Doberman puppy that was abandoned at the Calgary North Vet Clinic.

The pup was discovered covered in blood in the clinic parking lot on Nov. 3. It wasn’t expected to survive its injuries, but after surgery, it’s recovering.

Calgary Humane Society investigators are looking into who is responsible for the suspected case of animal abuse. The DAISY Foundation is hoping its reward for information leading to an arrest will help.

“I really think we’re going to get an arrest because of this (reward),” said Heather Anderson, who formed the group two years ago after a dog named Daisy Duke was killed by his teenage owner and a friend in Didsbury.

The foundation received several small donations before an anonymous Calgarian contacted them to contribute $9,600 towards the reward.

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Beaten puppy found abandoned in Calgary; abuse suspected

Beaten puppy found abandoned in Calgary; abuse suspected

CALGARY HERALD | NOVEMBER 4, 2009

By Stephane Massinon, Photograph by: Ted Jacob; Calgary Herald

CALGARY – The Calgary Humane Society suspects animal abuse after an injured pup was left outside a veterinary hospital in a kennel that was covered in blood.

The young Doberman was abandoned late Tuesday in the parking lot at the Calgary North Veterinary Hospital.

Humane Society spokeswoman Lindsay Jones said the dog’s injuries may be life-threatening.

“Unfortunately, we do see these cases come through our doors, but this is unusual in that it’s such a young pup and his injuries are quite severe and there’s no explanation for them,” said Jones.

The agency hopes to find out who or what was responsible for the injuries.

Vets have been working to stabilize the Doberman and get its fluids up, Jones said.

It has suffered a broken front leg and trauma to his head.

“It’s heartbreaking for each and every staff member,” said Jones, who added she fought back tears when saw the injured pup.

“We are doing our best, and he is improving, but his condition is still guarded.”

The pooch is thought to be three months old, and because it is so skinny, there are concerns it was being neglected. If it survives, the pup will need extensive care and rehabilitation, the humane society said.

Dr. Drew Van Niekerk, co-owner of the Calgary North Veterinary Hospital, said the animal had to have been dumped because it could not have walked on its own.

The Doberman will undergo surgery, at no charge for the operation, which would normally cost $3,000. Van Niekerk believes it will likely survive.

“We’re all dog lovers and cat lovers here, and it’s hard on staff when they have to face the realities of people who are less than responsible,” said Van Niekerk. “Unfortunately, in a 24-hour busy emergency practice, we get to see this stuff too often.”

He worries that when stories like these arise, some people may feel it’s OK to dump an unwanted or injured animal at their doorsteps.

“It’s important to realize that regardless of any circumstances, a pet owner’s responsibility . . . is to do the right thing. I know that life is complicated, but animals don’t deserve this kind of thing,” said Van Niekerk.

The humane society’s peace officers are investigating the case and believe the injuries were likely inflicted by someone. Peace officers are able to lay charges of animal cruelty and neglect under the Animal Protections Act of Alberta, Jones said.

Heather Anderson, founder of the Daisy Foundation, said the case “makes me sick to my stomach.”

Anderson said she hopes people with information about the case will come forward to authorities.

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