Veterinarian Greed — The Cause of Death, Neglect and Over-population

Veterinarian Greed — The Cause of Death, Neglect and Over-population

cat-RemigiuszOprzadekWoman ends up in court — vet refused service

In the middle of March, we at the D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation, appeared in court for a case of animal neglect hoping for a strict punishment; only to learn a sad personal story. The owner had cancer when she received this 8 week old puppy. She called her dog “Hero”. She loved her dog for many years.

dog - Esra Paola CrugnaleShe had to go to the hospital, leaving Hero, then 15 years old, in the care of her son. She called frequently from the hospital, asking how Hero was. Her son assured her he was fine. When she got home from the hospital, she discovered Hero was very ill. Due to her illness, she was financially stressed. She took Hero to the vet, but because she didn’t have the MONEY up front, the vet refused service. She offered a post-dated cheque. It was refused. This is the same vet that took her money a couple of months prior to give Casper her shots, but didn’t tell her the dog was fading and that the dog didn’t require shots every year anyway, especially at that age. Our vet would have been honest.

She didn’t want to take her dog to the SPCA because they said they would put her dog down. What a terrible decision to have to make when she had hopes that vet care would save her Hero. She asked if she could be with Hero in his last moments. She was refused. They said they would put him down whenever they “had time”. She decided against this as she couldn’t bear the thought of Hero dying with strangers. She asked if there was any organization that could help her. They told her “no”. She’d had already checked with several vets and heard the same story — no money, no care for Hero.

After several days of nursing Hero at home and with a heavy heart, she finally decided to bring her Hero to the SPCA. Lack of MONEY gave her no choice. When the staff at the SPCA saw the condition Hero was in, they pressed charges of neglect.

How much for a urinary tract infection?

Another case in point; a lady brought her cat to her vet clinic as the cat was showing signs of a urinary tract infection. The vet said the cheapest way to go was to give the cat an antibiotic shot and 7 days of antibiotics to bring home. The charge would be between $350 – $400. The exam alone would be $105.

She called the D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation in desperation. I called our vet. He examined the cat, gave her cat an antibiotic shot and sent her home with 10 days of antibiotics. The total cost was $57 (with the 20% discount we receive).

Or a patella repair?

Recently we came across a dog that needed his patella repaired. The dog’s owners were quoted $3500 – $4000. Our vet was able to do the surgery and post op care for a grand total of $900.

Casper’s death should not have happened.

cat-GuilhermeLabarrereOn September 28th, an 11 month old pregnant cat was giving birth to 11 kittens well into the wee hours of the morning when she ran into trouble. They had planned on spaying Casper but had been quoted $340 for a spay and shots, so she was saving for this. One day the kids let Casper out and the owners soon suspected pregnancy although there had been no signs Casper was in heat. They brought Casper into the vet’s on September 13th because she didn’t seem to be feeling well. The vet told her that, because she was pregnant, it was going to cost $540 to spay her. She was charged $120 for that exam and all the vet did was look at her stomach. No thorough examination.

The morning of September 28th her owner raced to the emergency vet clinic with mother cat and kittens. They refused to care for them because she had a post dated cheque, which was the only way her owner could finance this emergency. The owner had the money coming, but that wasn’t good enough. She brought proof that she had a steady job, a steady cheque by showing them her bank statements proving she had regular cheques from the same place. She gave them her employer’s phone number to verify she’d been employed for 7 years. The mother cat lost her life. She’s dead. Greed killed this mother cat and possibly some of her kittens. Imagine how the 6- and 8-year old children and the parents feel having lost Casper because of lack of funds.

Rest in peace, Casper.

How can you help?

We have plenty more personal stories and testimonies of heartbreaks too numerous to mention.

Piggy BankWe at the D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation have been fighting a losing battle in the alleys of the City of Calgary. There is a serious over population of wild cats in our city. We have made it our business to trap feral cats, spay/neuter them and then find them homes. The problem is: feral cats don’t make good house pets so we attempt to place them on farms and places of business such as warehouses and garages. Even though this may not sound like a good idea, we are running out of locations to place these poor lost souls and MONEY to spay/neuter these feral cats.

We are in need of donations and folks to help with fund raisers in order to keep helping animals and their human companions who so desperately want to help their loyal pets, but are in a financial bind and are being turned away by their vets.

What is the cause of this cat over population? The answer: People are not spaying and neutering their pets. Their cats have litter after litter, many of which end up being abandoned; and the cycle continues.

We find cats that are emaciated, matted, injured, parts frozen off, etc. The torment these animals are subjected to is heartbreaking for us.

Why aren’t people being responsible by spaying and neutering their pets? The answer: It costs a fortune to care for a pet because the veterinary costs are way too high. The average person cannot afford to take their pets in to be spayed/neutered, let alone take them for regular dental cleanings, shots, emergencies, etc. in these tough financial times.

Many people live pay cheque to pay cheque in these tough economical times. An illness or an injury would leave these people with suffering animals at home. Imagine sitting at home watching your dog suffer and die because of medical neglect, all because of MONEY.

Sample vet costs

After a brief investigation, it has been discovered that the cost to spay a cat at an average Calgary vet clinic ranges from $235 to $509 and dogs range from $250 to $590. A simple dental cleaning without extractions ranges from $500 to $1,000. With extractions, the bill could run well into the thousands of dollars.

We use a vet clinic in NE Calgary. This clinic is clean, modern, well-staffed and manned by highly qualified, experienced veterinarians. Their prices: spaying a cat is $125, spaying a small dog $140, dental $200, $15 for a simple extraction.

Our experienced veterinarian spends in labour time:

  • 15 – 20 minutes to perform a spay
  • 10 – 12 minutes to perform a neuter
  • Approx. 60 minutes to perform a routine dental cleaning and polishing with no complications on a healthy animal.

Please note the above prices and procedure times are based on 15 – 30 lb. healthy cats and dogs.

moneyBagOur point is this: if veterinary prices were reasonable, more animals would have better care and people would be able to afford to spay/neuter their pets and give them proper care. Rest in peace, Hero & Casper and all the other animals that have died because of the lack of MONEY and the greed of vet clinics.

If the vets had more customers, it would help the economy by having to hire more staff and/or open more clinics.

If our vet clinic can make a decent profit charging $125 to spay a cat, why are Calgarians being charged up to and sometimes over $500?

The vets want too much MONEY; the SPCA gives people no choices. What are pet owners to do when greed overpowers humanity? Please help us continue to help others with a donation of some funds or your time or even both.

Sincerely,

Heather Anderson
D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation
403-475-0120
403-835-3197


Habermehl sentencing… at last?

Habermehl sentencing… at last?

JUSTICE HAS BEEN ALMOST 4 YEARS IN COMING

Press Release | JuLY 24, 2013

Robert Habermehl, animal abuser, outside Calgary courthouse


Robert Habermehl tries to avoid media by raising a briefcase as he leaves the Calgary Courts Centre April 30, 2013 in Calgary, Alta. Habermehl was charged in 2009 with causing an animal distress under the Animal Protection Act and a Criminal Code charges for injuring a cat. Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Robert Habermehl tries to avoid media by raising a briefcase as he leaves the Calgary Courts Centre April 30, 2013 in Calgary, Alta. Habermehl was charged in 2009 with causing an animal distress under the Animal Protection Act and a Criminal Code charges for injuring a cat. Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

The D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation wants the press to be aware that on Thursday, July 25th at 2:00 pm, Robert Habermehl will be in Calgary court for sentencing (unless Mr. Habermehl has another “heart attack”).

Habermehl was charged on November 27, 2009 for physical abuse after a cat in his care, Minnie, was found so severely injured that she had to be humanely euthanasia.

We’re hoping this is the end of a long, drawn out case that has been abused over the past four years by Mr. Habermehl.

This is a dangerous man who needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. He should be jailed for this animal abuse and given therapy.

Once again the D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation wants to thank you.


So what’s next for Habermehl?

So what’s next for Habermehl?

Press Release | June 15, 2013

Robert Habermehl, animal abuser, outside Calgary courthouse


Robert Habermehl tries to avoid media by raising a briefcase as he leaves the Calgary Courts Centre April 30, 2013 in Calgary, Alta. Habermehl was charged in 2009 with causing an animal distress under the Animal Protection Act and a Criminal Code charges for injuring a cat. Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Robert Habermehl tries to avoid media by raising a briefcase as he leaves the Calgary Courts Centre April 30, 2013 in Calgary, Alta. Habermehl was charged in 2009 with causing an animal distress under the Animal Protection Act and a Criminal Code charges for injuring a cat. Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

The D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation wants the press to be aware that on Monday, June 17th at 9:00 a.m., Robert Habermehl will be in Calgary court. Habermehl was charged on November 27, 2009 for physical abuse after a cat in his care, Minnie, was found so severely injured that she had to be humanely euthanasia.

This has been a long and trying court case. We’re hoping that Mr. Habermehl’s “heart attack” will have no impact on the sentence the judge planned on giving him. This guy has been trying to weasel himself out of a conviction, and now a sentence, for almost 4 years. He has cost, and continues to cost, the tax payers a lot of money.

The D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation has dealt with several people who appear to have mental issues, but Mr. Habermehl ‘takes the cake’. He has even threatened the judge; i.e. “You’re going to be sorry if you put me in jail.” He thinks the case should be thrown out of court because “everybody thinks I’m a monster and I’ve suffered enough.” What about the suffering of Minnie, whose intestines were hanging out, and Melanie Manning, his girlfriend at the time, who has suffered with the guilt of not leaving Robert soon enough and witnessing Minnie’s intestines hanging out and then the loss of her beloved pet.

He’s made a mockery of the justice system. We’re surprised he hasn’t been charged with contempt of court and/or uttering threats. This is a dangerous man who needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. He should be jailed and given therapy.

Once again the D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation wants to thank you.


Robert Habermehl to make his arguments about beating Minnie, a cat

Robert Habermehl to make his arguments about beating Minnie, a cat

Robert Habermehl tries to avoid media by raising a briefcase as he leaves the Calgary Courts Centre April 30, 2013 in Calgary, Alta. Habermehl was charged in 2009 with causing an animal distress under the Animal Protection Act and a Criminal Code charges for injuring a cat. Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Robert Habermehl tries to avoid media by raising a briefcase as he leaves the Calgary Courts Centre April 30, 2013 in Calgary, Alta. Habermehl was charged in 2009 with causing an animal distress under the Animal Protection Act and a Criminal Code charges for injuring a cat. Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

The D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation wants the press to be aware that on Monday, June 3rd, Robert Habermehl will be in Calgary court at 9:00 a.m. to make his arguments in his animal abuse case. Habermehl was charged on November 27, 2009 for physical abuse after a cat in his care was found severely injured. Despite attempts to treat Minnie, it was determined she had to be put down.

Judge Bruce Fraser convicted Habermehl of a charge of willfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to a cat, after Minnie suffered a blunt trauma injury to her body wall which left her intestines hanging out.

Mr. Habermehl has mental issues and should be punished for his acts of cruelty and given therapy. He claims Minnie put venom in him. He yelled in Minnie’s ear. He even claims she attacked him.

Minnie is dead. This man is dangerous.

We are hoping a very strict penalty is handed down tomorrow. Mr. Habermehl has abused the court system for close to 4 years. This is the longest drawn out court case the D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation has ever attended.

Once again the D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation wants to thank you, the media, for making the public aware and for your continued support in our mission to change the laws. We want to see stricter penalties on those who choose to commit crimes of cruelty on animals.


Sample Letter to the Judge

Sample Letter to the Judge

Sample letter to the judgeSeveral people have expressed an interest in writing letters to the judge(s) presiding over animal abuse and cruelty cases, however they do not know what to say.

To follow is a sample that you can either use as your own (be sure to address it to the correct judge and add your name at the bottom) or use to help you write your own. This letter is addressed to Judge Fraser who handles a lot of  the animal abuse cases:


Honourable Judge Bruce R. Fraser
Alberta Provincial Court
601 – 5th Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2P 5P7

Dear Judge Fraser:

In light of another horrific animal abuse case in Alberta, it’s time to use your power to prosecute these abusers to the fullest extent of the law; by sending them to jail.

The amount of pain and suffering that is inflicted on vulnerable, powerless, animals shows that these abusers are capable to going one-step further – harming innocent human victims. The sentences handed down by judges are inadequate and will do little to stop abusers from re-offending.

Now is the time to use your authority to make Alberta a safer place for animals and people alike.

Yours truly,
[ your name here ]


You can copy the letter above and paste it into your email or download a copy here. Our thanks to Myrna for writing this for us.

And remember, we are their voices because it certainly seems that a lot of people are not hearing it when the animals speak.


Standing up against animal abuse

Standing up against animal abuse

We received the following letter written to Judge Marlene Graham after the November 2012 sentencing of Derick Collin Anderson who threw his girlfriend’s 11-week old Pomeranian puppy off a raised balcony and, because he didn’t die from the fall, proceeded to kick the puppy to death. Anderson then placed the puppy’s body in a recycling can and sent a series of texts to his girlfriend, Tamara Graham, telling her he’d killed their puppy, Cujo, and that the puppy’s eye popped out when he kicked him. The incident happened in September, 2010.

Derick Anderson
LOSER!

Saying that Anderson didn’t pose a significant enough threat to be locked up, the judge ordered him to serve a conditional jail sentence in the community of 10 months, which will include four months of house arrest followed by a curfew. Graham also ordered Anderson to seek treatment for a diagnosed mental illness, intermittent explosive disorder, which led him to attack Cujo, an 11-week-old Pomeranian pup.

Yes, an 11-week old puppy!

The Crown, represented by Prosecutor Gord Haight, had asked for a six- to eight-month jail sentence.

So if this doesn’t enrage you to the laxness in our animal cruelty laws, what does? Myrna Sentes, an animal welfare supporter wrote the following letter to the judge in response to this obvious miscarriage. To date, the judge has not responded.

December 1, 2012

The Honorable Judge Marlene Graham
Judge
Provincial Court of Alberta
601 – 5th Street S. W.
Calgary, AB  T2P 5P7

Dear Judge Graham,

On Thursday, November 29, 2012, three members of the DAISY Foundation, Delegates Against Inhumane Suffering Y, were in court for the sentencing of Derick Collin Anderson, who threw his girlfriend’s 11-week old Pomeranian puppy off a raised balcony and because it didn’t die, he then proceeded to kick it to death.

On Friday, November 30th I watched The Fifth Estate on “Hunting Magnotta”. It was very disturbing however, Magnotta, as well as many animal abusers, eventually turn from killing animals to killing people. This is well documented and these people are very sick.

For this reason I cannot understand why time after time the crown in these abuse cases asks for jail time and it is denied by the court. It would seem to me if a proper deterrent were imposed, maybe some of the abuse could be stopped.

Bringing up Derick Anderson’s childhood was nothing more than an excuse: his parents split up; he was abused; he has some kind of disorder. Because of psychiatrists everyone nowadays has some kind of disorder or syndrome. My husband is bi-polar. We’ve been married for 44 years and he manages his mental illness with medication. He has never beat an animal, his wife or his children, who have grown up, gotten university degrees and are loving and responsible. A number of people I know have left abusive relationships, and have raised their own children to be responsible, healthy adults. They don’t make excuses for their past, they live for the future.

Derick Anderson blames his past, his girlfriend, and his financial problems but he takes no responsibility himself. He merely takes his frustration out on an innocent little puppy!

I question his conditional sentence and his supposed “house arrest”. He still can go to work, do his DJ job at night, get food, take anger management courses and see his psychiatrist.  He can be out all day and nights, when he works his DJ job. In other words, he has the same kind of freedom as I do. What kind of deterrent is that?

I also don’t believe he is going to change living arrangements with his sister and move out of his mother’s house. Why would he? And his “explosive anger disorder” that he supposedly didn’t know about? There is a reason why he hasn’t seen his children for 11 years!

The animal abuse laws have supposedly changed but they haven’t changed in favour of the animals. Animals are still considered disposable and the courts aren’t doing enough to stop this abuse.

Anderson’s lawyer says he has to do community service; he has to “give back”. How do you give a puppy back his life?

So where do we go from here? If the crown can’t count on the court to take a stand on animal abuse, who will? Maybe we should impose a law that states whatever the abuser did to the animal, that’s what his punishment should be. Or maybe we should just take him out behind the barn and beat the shit out of him! I think that kind of deterrent worked better than any of the laws we have now.

Time and again we go to these abuse court cases only to come away disappointed and frustrated. How many animals have to die before someone takes responsibility and the responsibility, I feel, is with the court system.

Yours truly,

Myrna Sentes,
Animal Welfare Supporter

cc:  Heather Anderson, Founder, DAISY Foundation

KUDOS to this supporter! More people need to step up and speak against this kind of laxness in animal cruelty cases else we will never do right by our animal companions. As has been noted over and again, abuse against animals is a stepping stone to abuse against people. But beyond that, it is cruelty to a living being and should not be tolerated.

STEP UP! Be the voice for the voiceless!

Other links to this story:

Jail term sought for puppy killer

Calgary man avoids jail time for killing puppy

Derick Colin Anderson Kicked Pup To Death And Emailed Photos To Girlfriend, Avoids Jail

 


Calgary man who kicked girlfriend’s puppy to death spared jail time

Calgary man who kicked girlfriend’s puppy to death spared jail time

reprinted from Calgary Herald


A 32-year-old Calgary man who threw his girlfriend’s puppy off a balcony, kicked it to death and sent her photos of the dead pet by text has been spared jail time.

Derick Colin Anderson was given a 10-month conditional sentence, a year of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Anderson is also banned from owning or living with animals and birds.

In handing down the sentence in court Thursday morning, Judge Marlene Graham said she took into account that Anderson has no previous criminal record, is willing to receive treatment for anger issues and suffers from a previously undiagnosed condition called intermittent explosive anger disorder.

The judge also noted that Anderson had a childhood fraught with physical and sexual abuse.

Anderson pleaded guilty last October to the Criminal Code charge of wilfully causing pain to an animal.

Anderson became enraged over finances and took his anger out on the 11-month-old puppy, called Cujo, after it soiled the couple’s rented home while his girlfriend was at work Sept, 24, 2010.

He remains in a relationship with the same girl, and lives in his mother’s basement.

Court earlier heard the accused was annoyed by the dog’s yipping and soiling, reached for it, and the dog snapped at him.

He threw the pet off the balcony, walked over and kicked it, then put the dead animal in a back alley recycling bin.

A necropsy concluded that the dog’s skull had been caved in and that severe blunt trauma caused the injuries.

A sentencing report written by forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Duska said a key aggravating factor to the case was the domestic element, in which Anderson blamed the situation on his girlfriend for getting a dog in the first place.

Duska found Anderson a moderate risk to reoffend.

The maximum penalty under the summary conviction is 18 months.

Crown prosecutor Gord Haight had sought a jail term of six to eight months.

Haight argued against a non-custodial sentence, saying it couldn’t be shown that Anderson could be safely returned to the community and that he did not meet the key requirements of deterrence and denunciation.

Defence lawyer Roy Shellnutt said his client has accepted responsibility for the act and that it is explained, although not excused, by the fact Anderson has since been diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder.

“I think it was an appropriate sentence. The judge looked at him and all his issues,” Shellnutt said outside court.

“He’s got to do some community service. He’s got to give back.”

An animal rights activist called the sentence too light.

“He’s a sick individual. He definitely needs help,” said Heather Anderson of the Daisy Foundation of Calgary, who attended the sentencing hearing.

Anderson had previously told court he took responsibility for his actions, and that they were sparked by stress and financial woes.



The Lone Survivor of Alleged Negligent Pet Owner Adopted

The Lone Survivor of Alleged Negligent Pet Owner Adopted


We have received word that Debbie Andrew’s former cat has been adopted. Having survived near death, he is living in a wonderful new home. Best to you, Harvie!

HARVIE THE RESCUED CAT FINDS LOVING HOME

by LAVERNE STEWART (Enable Javascript to see the email address)
A cat that was discovered severely dehydrated, starving and covered in fleas is now living in the lap of luxury.

Hilda Alchorn, 76, has always been a cat lover. She went to the Oromocto SPCA last Saturday to donate food and left with two newly adopted cats.

One is a tiny orange female cat called Precious. The other was a neglected cat she’d read about in The Daily Gleaner.

The white cat with black markings — now named Harvie — was rescued from a home in Harvey Station on Sept. 13 by the New Brunswick SPCA and the RCMP.

When the cat was discovered in the house, along with the remains of two dogs and a rabbit, it had to be taken to a veterinarian for treatment. The next day it was placed in the care of the Oromocto SPCA.

SPCA staff members named him Newton. He was so badly flea-bitten, his white fur was stained orange from the blood, said shelter manager Tracy Marcotullio.

Over the past six weeks, the cat recovered from its trauma and was ready for adoption.

Alchorn just happened to ask Marcotullio about what happened to Newton while she was at the shelter to adopt Precious.

“She said, ‘He’s right there at your feet.’ He was rubbing my legs as much to say, ‘Here I am.’ I said ‘That’s it. He’s mine,’ ” Alchorn said.

Over the last six days, Alchorn has bonded with both of her cats but, she said, she has a special place in her heart for Harvie. She decided that since he came from Harvey Station she would keep the name but change the spelling slightly.

“He just wants me to love him all the time. He’s always up on my chest rubbing my face and purring. So I pet him and pet him. When I go to bed he’s right there along side of me,” she said.

Both cats are adjusting to one another, Alchorn and their new home.

Every morning Harvie the cat wakes Alchorn demanding his breakfast of wet cat food. He’s gaining weight, she said.

“If I don’t get up right away, he just curls up beside me and waits. He’s so sweet.”

As Alchorn talked about the joy this rescued cat has brought to her life, Harvie sat looking out the window at leaves falling from the trees outdoors.

Harvie and Precious, she said, will be indoor cats because she is worried they might get hurt if they go outside. Ever since her other cats died, Alchorn said she’s been feeling lonely and her two new pets are bringing her plenty of joy.

“I always have had cats. They are such good company. When I come home they are there waiting for me. Especially Harvie. He follows me around and I pick him up and I talk to him,” she said.

So Alchorn and her two newly adopted cats are happy with their new arrangement. She wonders what they are thinking but when Harvie crawls into her lap or stands on her chest it’s clear this is one contented kitty.

“When he looks me in the eye and he rubs my faces it’s almost as if he is saying, ‘I love you’. He’s adapted to being here as if he’s been here all of his life,” she said.


Save-the-date for our 2012 Fundraiser!!!

Save-the-date for our 2012 Fundraiser!!!

Join us at Pineridge Community Center,
6024 Rundlehorn Dr NE
December 7, 2012 • 7 pm – midnight

Help us spread the word! Print a poster and hang it up somewhere where people will see it! They come in two sizes!



Outrage that Alleged Negligent Pet Owner Could Avoid Prosecution

Outrage that Alleged Negligent Pet Owner Could Avoid Prosecution

The manager of the Oromocto SPCA wants to see a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Debbie Andrews for her alleged negligence that left two dogs and a rabbit dead and a cat barely alive. You can read the article below from The Daily Gleaner for more.

SPCA Urges Action