Habermehl sentencing… at last?

Habermehl sentencing… at last?


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.

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

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
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


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!


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.

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.


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

Hell no! We won’t go!

Hell no! We won’t go!

While the sight of these magnificent animals and the pagentry that goes into every act is incredible, what is the cost to these animals just for our entertainment?

In a recent interview, Louis Leonard, Director of Cirque Estival, said that during the nearly 3-month 70-show tour, Limba the elephant (who was snared as a baby and enslaved for the past 40+ years) performs for about 7 minutes of each show.

The majority of elephants used in circuses are captured in the wild as babies. In 2000, poachers killed 60 free-roaming female elephants so that their babies could be collected and sold to the entertainment industry. The still-nursing elephants, all under the age of 3, refused to abandon their dead mothers, even attempting to suckle from their corpses.

Baby elephants born in breeding farms are torn from their mothers, tied with ropes, and kept in isolation until they learn to fear their trainers.

Elephant and child

One study of traveling circuses observed an elephant who spent up to 96 percent of her time in chains. The circus deprives animals of their basic needs to exercise, roam, socialize, forage, and play.

Repetitive and often destructive behaviors such as obsessive swaying, bobbing, chewing, sucking, weaving, rocking, and licking are common in circus animals, and are manifestations of their extreme stress and boredom.

Abusive training techniques, lack of socialization and other stimuli, and constant confinement often causes animals to become so stressed that they become dangerous, lashing out at trainers and spectators. Deaths and injuries from such incidents are not uncommon.

In the wild, elephants don’t balance themselves on three legs atop a stool while twirling hula-hoops around their trunks and legs.

That’s for our entertainment.

Surely you do not support this abusive treatment of animals. Surely this is not what you want your children to learn. And surely this is not worth spending your money on to support.

Ask your community to join the list of other Canadian communities that now ban animal acts.

Speak up against animal circuses. Speak up for the animals.

Choose one or more of the suggestions below to help:
  1. Call your City or Municipal Hall and find out if Council is considering a by-law to ban circuses that have performing wild or exotic animals.
  2. Fax a letter to your mayor expressing your concern about the community supporting acts that abuse animals. Copy your letter to the SPCA or local humane group.
  3. Write a similar letter to the media. Don’t hesitate to send your letter to the editor of both daily and community papers expressing your point of view.
  4. Join or start a committee, perhaps working with the SPCA or local humane group, whose goal is to implement a campaign to convince Council to adopt a by-law against the use of wild/exotic animals in performing venues.
  5. Don’t attend a circus with performing animals – only attend animal-free circuses.

Sample Letter

(Today’s Date)

(Name, title and address of recipient)

Dear (full name and title of recipient),

I would like to bring to your attention to the plight of circus animals forced to perform in (insert name of your community) and request that you enact a ban of animal acts in entertainment as soon as possible.

Animals used in circuses endure appalling conditions for the duration of their lives. Training methods used on these wild and exotic animals include beating, electric shock, food and water deprivation, and chaining. Performing animals travel for up to 50 weeks of the year, often in unheated and unventilated trucks. Denied social interaction, exercise, and freedom, these majestic animals endure tremendous suffering in the name of frivolous entertainment.

As a result, circus animals can pose a serious threat to public safety. These wild animals often rebel from the miserable conditions under which they are forced to live, and in the past ten years alone, over 220 people have been killed or seriously injured by rampaging elephants in circuses and zoos.

There are many ways for us to teach our children about wild animals. Removing elephants, tigers and bears etc. from their natural environment and forcing them to perform unnatural, often painful, tricks while in captivity is not one of them.
I appreciate your consideration of this important issue. For the sake of the animals, and the safety of your constituents, I sincerely hope that you will choose to ban animal acts in entertainment in ( insert name of your community).

Please let me know what you plan to do about this important issue.

Sincerely yours,
(Your name, address and phone #)

Working for a Shark Fin Free Calgary

Working for a Shark Fin Free Calgary

Woeking for a sharkfin free Calgary

From The Pew Environment Group, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Sharks have roamed our oceans since before the time of dinosaurs, but their long reign at the top of the ocean food chain may be ending. The onset of industrial fishing over the past 60 years has drastically depleted their populations. Of the shark and ray species assessed by scientists for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 30 percent are threatened or near-threatened with extinction.

Shark finning –- the practice of catching a shark, slicing off its fins and then discarding the body at sea -– takes a tremendous toll on shark populations. Up to 73 million sharks are killed every year to primarily support the global shark fin industry, valued for the Asian delicacy shark fin soup.

In general, sharks grow slowly, mature late and produce few young over long lifetimes, leaving them exceptionally vulnerable to over exploitation and slow to recover from depletion. As key predators, their depletion also has risks for the health of entire ocean ecosystems. For example, tiger sharks have been linked to the quality of seagrass beds through their prey, dugongs and green sea turtles, which forage in these beds. Without tiger sharks to control their prey’s foraging, an important habitat is lost.

Why save sharks in Canada?

Canada has the longest coastal line of any country which is home to 27 different shark species. Canada has a legitimate shark fishing industry and foreign vessels are not closely monitored, possibly resulting in shark finning, For these reasons, Shark Fin Free Calgary encourages supporters to sign a federal petition to change the Fisheries Standard that will protect all sharks in Canadian waters until they are at least of reproductive age. This petition can be found along with our petition to the city of Calgary on our website and at various locations around the city.

Shark fin is served in over 30 restaurants* and other establishments that we are aware of right here in Calgary! Additionally, many restaurants not advertising shark fin on their menus, will often make it available for special order for banquets and other events. For every soup bowl not sold, a shark ultimately gets saved. Although it may not be heavily advertised, shark fin soup is popular throughout Canada. When the buying stops the killing can too!

A local grassroots NPO, Shark Fin Free Calgary,
is advocating and building awareness in Calgary.

And here’s how they suggest you can help:

  1. Sign and circulate their petition.
  2. Attend an event.
  3. Be heard.
  4. Get involved.

To learn more about the local efforts to stop shark finning, visit Shark Fin Free Calgary‘s website.

*independent survey

Reflecting on Mirror

Reflecting on Mirror

DOG'S HEAD © Jeffrey Marini | Dreamstime.com

Things seem quiet in Mirror these days after the dog poisonings in April. However, what has changed?

Last I knew, there was to be a town hall meeting in Mirror between residents and officials to discuss the poisoning deaths of 13 dogs and what was going to be done about it. But last I heard, the meeting never happened.

When the first reported poisoning of dogs happened a year ago, one RCMP officer involved in the poisonings talked with Daisy Foundation’s Heather Anderson. At that time, Heather pointed out research that shows a link between animal abuse and abuse of people. The officer rather sarcastically asked Heather if she was suggesting that there was a serial dog killer in Mirror. Her reply was, “Yes!”

A year passed and in April, at least 13 dogs died from poisoning in an overnight period. Coincidence? Or serial dog killer? My bet is on the latter.

It’s been a few months now and as expected, the hysteria has mostly subsided. People have returned to their normal lives. But what about the families victimized by the poisonings. At least one family lost dogs they had added to their family after their previous dog had been poisoned a year back. This family has again been victimized, traumatized and hurt. I wonder how they are doing these days?

Well, I think it’s time to shake out the rug and see what has settled underneath. Let’s not wait another year or even another season to see if the killer strikes again. Let’s raise some awareness.

I am asking the people of Mirror who have lost a pet to the poisonings to send me their story and a photo of their beloved dog. Let’s see if we can’t renew our search for justice and move forward to some resolution beyond what we have right now.