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.


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.


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.


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.



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



Debbie Andrews, Alleged Negligent NB Pet Owner, Skips Town for Alberta

Debbie Andrews, Alleged Negligent NB Pet Owner, Skips Town for Alberta

NB Negligent Pet Owner in Alberta
Click image to read the whole article.


We received the following letter today about a woman from New Brunswick against whom the Crown is expected to issue charges for the deaths of two dogs and a rabbit as well as the abuse of a dehydrated and starved cat who were in her care — at least until she went on vacation out of the country. Seems that maybe her vacation meant more to her than her responsibilities as a pet owner.

I have attached a news article from Friday’s paper about a woman who left New Brunswick to avoid being charged with animal abuse. She was living in Harvey Station, I believe it’s just outside of Fredericton.

Before she went on holidays to the Dominican Republic with her ten year old son, one of her dogs died. She just threw it in a garbage bag and left it in her back porch.  She then went on holidays for TWO WEEKS and left behind a small black dog, a cat and a rabbit with no food or water. After six days the neighbours checked on her house since they didn’t see any activity and discovered the dog dead laying on the kitchen floor. They immediately called the RCMP who also found the rabbit dead left in a cage in the barn. Thankfully the cat survived, although just barely.

When she finally returned from her holidays she obviously found out she was wanted by the RCMP so she skipped town within hours of her return and moved to Alberta.

Not only does she think she got away with murder by moving away, what kind of message does this send to her ten year old son!!!

Just thought you might like to know you have another deadbeat animal abuser in Alberta and it will only be a matter of time before her son becomes an abuser as well.

By all means, DO NOT ADOPT AN ANIMAL TO THIS WOMAN!

And please share this information with all the rescue groups/shelters you know.


Calgary Stampede – Animal Cruelty Protest

Calgary Stampede – Animal Cruelty Protest

The D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation and the Calgary Animal Rights Effort are holding protests on the grassy area across from Stampede/Victoria Park LRT Station, MacLeod Tr. and 15 Av. S.E., Calgary on Saturday and Sunday at noon and 6:00 p.m.

Interviews can be conducted with Heather Anderson on Saturday and with Shannon Mann from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on Sunday.

We will be continuing our campaign calling for abolishment of the calf roping event in the Calgary Stampede. We would like to publicly thank The Vancouver Humane Society for their involvement in this campaign.

We’d like to make it known we are not against the entire Calgary Stampede; we just want an end to rodeo and chuck wagon races. Our goal is to eliminate cruelty to animals.

Let the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede be the last year for animal cruelty. There’s lots of fun and entertainment to be had at the Calgary Stampede without exploiting animals by putting them at risk of injury and death.

Once again the D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation wants to thank you, the media, for making the public aware.


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.


No justice for Ben today

No justice for Ben today

Ben out in the park for the day


Ted was Lorna and Ed’s son. Ben was Ted’s dog.

Ted adopted him from the pound after hearing about this big gentle guy from his boss. Ben had been at the pound for three weeks.

They were buddies. Ted trained Ben. They played together. And together, they climbed the nearby mountains in their spare time. They were best friends.

Ben and Ted


Until Ted passed away the year before Ben, succumbing to cancer.

So Ben became kind of a connection to Ted for Ted’s folks. They did not hesitate to give Ben all the love that Ben gave to Ted. After all, they were family.

Losing Ben — especially so needlessly, so senselessly and by such negligence as an illegal snare trap — makes the hole they already had in their hearts even larger.

I guess the best you can say of the situation right now is that somewhere out there, Ted and Ben are back together and hopefully doing all the things they so loved to do together.

But here on earth, this carelessness needs to be more accurately addressed. John McWilliams purposely and negligently set an illegal snare trap in a publicly accessible park that should not have been where it was. And by these actions, he killed Ben. Thirty feet from Lorna, Ben was strangled in such a way that he could not even cry out for help.

At trial today in Cochrane, a slap on the wrist was handed down by the judge in this case. The stakes were a maximum fine of $100,000 and/or two years in jail plus the loss of his hunting license. But the judge fined John McWilliams $300.

Ben - 2009


That illegal snare could have killed a child. An adult. WHAT would the penalty have been then? That snare should never have been where it was. It was set weeks before hunting season went into effect by McWilliams’ own admission. Snares are not even legal in that particular recreational area per regulations. This snare could have killed Lorna as she walked Ben.

And for such gross negligence, John McWilliams pays $300 and returns to trapping as he does?

 

If this does not anger you into working for stricter penalties, I do not know what will. Ben should be alive making big holes in Lorna and Ed’s front yard. He should be there for Sarah, his dog mate. He should have never been strangled in an illegal snare in a public recreational park.

My deepest sympathies to Lorna and Ed that justice was not adequately served today.

I am tearfully speechless at this seeming injustice. I am so disappointed that such dangerously reckless negligence results in only a $300 fine. We MUST push for stronger punishments for our animals.


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