Dog neglect ends in fine

CALGARY SUN — JULY 27, 2010

By KEVIN MARTIN, CALGARY SUN

Dog owners can’t put personal expenses ahead of their pets, an animal rights group spokeswoman said Wednesday after a Calgary man was fined for neglecting his canine.

Heather Anderson of the DAISY Foundation said those who can’t afford pets should turn them over to the Humane Society instead of letting them suffer. Anderson’s comment came moments after provincial court Judge Allan Fradsham fined Eddie Kwok Yee Chan $1,000 for allowing his dog to suffer.

Crown prosecutor Gord Haight said Chan neglected to get medical attention for his cocker spaniel, Pooka, for months.

Haight said the veterinarian, who ultimately had to euthanize the animal last September, estimated it was in a period of distress for at least three months.

He said the dog suffered various skin ailments, including ear infections, hair loss and oil secretions which Chan failed to deal with.

A friend of Chan’s ex-wife, with whom he was staying with at the time, noticed the dog was in rough shape and needed to be taken to the vet, Haight said.

When the woman returned from vacation, the animal still hadn’t been treated and she took it in herself, the prosecutor said.

The veterinarian took one look at the dog and determined it had to be euthanized, he said.

According to the doctor, the animal “looked to be a picture of misery and neglect,” Haight told Fradsham.

Court was told Chan was unemployed and bankrupt and couldn’t afford to pay for medical treatment for the dog.

Along with the fine, Fradsham banned Chan, 65, from owning any animals for the next five years.

But Anderson said that wasn’t enough.

“People have to start realizing when you take an animal on, it’s not just a spur of the moment thing,” she said outside court.

“You should never have a chance of having that beauty in your life,” she said of those who abuse their pets.

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