Heather’s Day in Court: Tomorrow!

Heather’s Day in Court: Tomorrow!

Heather Anderson, founder of DAISY Foundation speaking at the Calgary vigil for the sled dogs slaughtered in BC.


I’m Lana Horan, and have been a member of The D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation since 2007.

The unfortunate news is that Heather will appear in Calgary court for sentencing tomorrow, April 29, 2015 at 9 am. Due to the fact that Heather refused to return a puppy that had been surrendered to The D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation, a suddenly severely injured puppy believed by multiple vets to have been abused, Heather has been charged with obstructing a Police Officer. Due to flaws in our Property Act and a receipt that suddenly ‘appeared’ for $1 for a puppy, Heather has been charged with theft under $5,000.

I am a good friend of Heather’s, and I can tell you, as you surely already know, Heather would not do anything except what she thought was right. Heather is not a dishonest person, nor a thief. The person who surrendered the puppy hurriedly rushed off to an appointment to get financial assistance from the Red Cross for her upcoming move, promising to return to sign the surrender papers. She also stated there was no possible way she was keeping “this dog” as she said she didn’t even have enough money for a can of dog food.

We all know that Heather’s conscience would not allow her to give the puppy to someone she thought would be unable to care for her, especially a special needs puppy. She does not deserve to be charged with anything. Instead, Heather should be receiving accolades for having saved this innocent 4 week old creature with a horribly shattered leg vets believed would not even be able to be saved. Heather chose to take the side of the one who could not speak for herself, the puppy. She refused to disclose her location to the Police Officer who demanded to take the puppy back, therefore the charge of obstructing a Police Officer.

Sadly, Heather is now forced to defend herself against these ridiculous charges. This entails many thousands of dollars in legal fees. Not surprisingly, Heather and her most generous husband have maxed out all their credit to help others with their vet bills, food, and other animal and human needs.

Go Fund MeHeather’s friend started a GoFundMe to help with the legal fees, but only 20% has been raised so far. This saddens me because we all know that Heather would literally take the shirt off her back for any of the people on her social and personal network, yet her friend’s attempt at raising money this way has failed.

This is a prime example of why we should not consider animals as property. If it weren’t for the bill of sale and that they consider animals as property, there would be no legal issue here; no wasting court time, the taxpayer’s money, Heather’s money. Period.


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.


Sentencing for man who beat Pomeranian to death

Sentencing for man who beat Pomeranian to death

Pomeranian


The D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation wants everyone to be aware that tomorrow, March 1, at 9 am Derrick Collin Anderson will be in Calgary Provincial Court. He has been charged with beating a Pomeranian puppy to death and will be sentenced tomorrow.

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 to impose stricter penalties on those who choose to commit crimes of cruelty on animals.