Dog killer says he wouldn’t do it again

Dog killer says he wouldn’t do it again


Next time Calgary puppy killer Jacob Rabeau will take the bite and spare the dog, his lawyer said Thursday.

Defence counsel Willie de Wit said Rabeau overreacted when he clubbed to death a Husky pup that was barking at him, but has learned his lesson.

“My client told me ‘in the future I’ll take a bite over hitting a dog,'” de Wit told provincial court Judge Terry Semenuk.

Rabeau, 21, pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty in connection with the Aug. 2, 2007, death of Queensland resident Justin Kotulak’s four-month-old pet, Shea.

Crown prosecutor Richelle Freiheit said Rabeau was urinating in an alley behind Kotulak’s home when Shea approached in what two witnesses described as an excited state.

“The puppy approached the accused in this excited state and the accused believed the puppy was going to nip him, or bite at his legs,” Freiheit said.

“The accused finished urinating and ran to the back of his car with the puppy following him and continuing to bark,” she said, reading from an agreed statement of facts.

“The accused opened the rear, driver’s side door and removed a wooden object, either a two-by-four, or a bat.

“The accused swung the wooden object at the puppy, connecting once with the puppy’s skull,” she said.

Kotulak, noticing his dog had escaped the backyard, went looking for Shea and found him in a grassy area beside the alley.

“Kotulak picked up Shea and carried him into the backyard, where the puppy died in his arms,” said Freiheit, who is seeking a short jail term and up to 18 months probation.

De Wit said his client was initially concerned for his safety, but overreacted by using a piece of wood to strike the animal.

“He acted on instinct and he acted the wrong way,” de Wit said.

The lawyer suggested a conditional discharge, which would mean Rabeau would have no criminal record once he completed probation, would be appropriate.

Semenuk will sentence Rabeau May 7.

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Another name added in wild horse shooting

Another name added in wild horse shooting


Posted by Doreen on Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 8:21 pm.

Gary Cope, 35 has been added to the list of those charged with the shooting of a pregnant mare West of Sundre. Earl Anderson, Jason Nixon and a 13 year old boy, who cannot be named under the Young Offenders Act, were charged earlier this year. Jason Nixon has also been charged with uttering threats to a Fish and Wild Life Officer, interfering in an investigation and assaulting a witness. None of the accused showed up today, instead they reserved their plea until March 29th. The boy will be tried separately in a youth court.

It was good to see support coming from the Daisy Foundation’s, Heather Anderson and her team. The foundation was created after the horrific case of animal abuse of a female dog named Daisy Duke who’s legs were bound together and then was dragged behind a vehicle. Daisy Duke was later humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. The Foundation is wanting stiffer penalties for animal abusers and are looking for support of bill C373 see link below for details.

Check out their website at

I was pleased to see the Daisy Foundation there, and felt quite comforted by their presence. Collectively, animal advocates everywhere could create a much more powerful voice for all animals, if groups such as ours, all banded together in that which is ultimately a common goal. That goal is to protect every species of animal from abuse, neglect and an untimely death at the hands of man. Thanks again Daisy Foundation. Keep up the good work. See you on the 29th.

Thank you as well to Carol Srvcek and her partner Alan Hardy of Calgary, who are long term WHOAS members and good friends of ours. They met me first thing this morning in the parking lot of the provincial court house in Didsbury, and Carol proudly held up the WHOAS banner with me later on. As well, thank you Judy Becker of Calgary, who was there showing support with her grandson Wilder. Judy has a mini sanctuary which houses three wild horses that were rescued in January 09. The mare and her two fillies are making remarkable progress in Judy’s care. They were with 10 other wild horses rescued, which other wise were headed to the slaughter plant.

On a lighter note, tomorrow is a big day, I will ride Wyley for the first time under the tutelege of Mary. We will bring the much mellower wildie gelding home in mid March once I get a few riding lessons under my belt. Judy will be filming this hopefully noneventful, event and perhaps will it be posted on this site if all goes well. Wish me Luck, although I am sure I won’t need it. (nervous lol).

See link below to view CTV News footage of today’s court hearing.

Dog abuse cases jam court

Dog abuse cases jam court


Animals rights activists showed up Tuesday at the Calgary Courts Centre as judges dealt with three cases of dog abuse in which animals were hanged, beaten to death and had eyes gouged.

“It’s really bad when in one day there are three cases on the court dockets in one city,” Heather Anderson, founder of DAISY (Delegates Against Inhuman Suffering Y?), said outside court.

“If the public sees these people are getting more than a slap on the wrist, they’ll quit doing it. The general public doesn’t realize how many cases there really are, yet only a very small percentage even make it to court.”

Bradley Kim Bergman, 56, faces jail time after pleading guilty to assaulting his common-law wife, who tried to stop him from hanging her dog after the pet vomited in their house. Bergman also admitted to the animal abuse charges and spitting in the face of a police officer who answered the domestic call for help.

“The assault against Ms. (Denise) Head . . . no doubt induced a fair amount of terror,” Crown prosecutor Gord Haight argued in seeking a sentence of seven to 10 months.

Lawyer Patrick Flynn said his client suffered from depression and is on medication to control his anger.

“This man, for many reasons, has not been treated properly (medically),” said Flynn.

Court previously heard Bergman told Head after her six-year-old dog Buddy vomited: “I’m going to show you I can skin and gut a dog.”

The woman stepped in front of Bergman, who took the dog out to the garage and tied a noose around its neck.

Head called police and an officer had to cut the rope to save the dog’s life. Const. David Grouchey asked Bergman about the dog and Bergman said he hoped it was dead by now, then spit in the officer’s face.

The dog has since been adopted.

The case will be back in court on Friday to set a date for sentencing.

Michael Rabeau, charged with the beating death of a puppy, had his case adjourned until today to set a trial date. He had pleaded guilty but changed back to not guilty.

Donald Ainsworth pleaded guilty to a similar charge of animal abuse, and had his case adjourned until Feb. 17. He is charged with inflicting severe eye injuries to a dog named Gucci.

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Animal rights group calls for changes in the law

Animal rights group calls for changes in the law


Three separate cases involving animal cruelty were before the courts in Calgary on Tuesday.

One of the cases involved Bradley Bergman. The 56-year-old plead guilty to tying a noose around the neck of his girlfriend’s dog and threatening to hand and gut the animal.

While the cases were going on inside, The Daisy Foundation held a demonstration outside. “As far as the law goes, because this was his property, he’s probably going to get away with it, because of the property law in Canada – that animals are considered property – which is ridiculous,” says Heather Anderson, a member of the animal rights group.

Also in court on Tuesday was Donald Ainsworth. He pled guilty to animal cruelty for beating his dog with a flashlight – an assault that left the animal blind in one eye.

The third case involved a man accused of beating to death a four-month-old puppy. This case has been set over.

“It just goes to show how many cases are really happening in this county. And when you consider these are the cases going to court, what about the ones that didn’t have enough evidence,” says Anderson.

The Daisy Foundation says changes are needed to Canadian law so animal abusers are given stiffer sentences. The group is lobbying the federal government to pass Bill C-229.

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Abused puppy case given $9,400 boost

Abused puppy case given $9,400 boost


The search for the person who savagely beat a three-month-old puppy was thrown a $9,400 treat by a donor furious over the assault.

The donation to the animal advocate Daisy Foundation brings the total bounty for information leading to the conviction of the animal abuser to at least $10,500, said the group’s founder, Heather Anderson.

“We were hoping it would go to $1,000, then this,” said Anderson, adding the anonymous donor owns two dogs.

“He’s obviously an animal lover and he was obviously mad about it.”

On Nov. 3, the bloodied, emaciated and unconscious Doberman pup was found in the parking lot of the Calgary North Veterinary Hospital at 4202 4 St. N.W.

Among the wounds suffered by the dog nicknamed Mike was a broken left foreleg and head injuries. But after surgery, the animal is recovering well, say Calgary Humane Society officials.

Henderson said news of the donation — given Thursday — has already made a difference in the investigation.

“We had more leads this morning than we had when the fund was at $600,” she said.

Even if the reward is claimed, Henderson said the foundation is determined to create a permanent cash pool for such cases.

And unless Canadians press politicians to increase the penalties for animal abuse, such donations will continue to be needed, she said.

“Even we get a conviction for this guy, he’ll just get a slap on the wrist,” she said.

Anyone with information that can lead to the name of the dog’s owner is urged to call the Calgary Humane Society at 403-723-6038.

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Reward offered to solve puppy beating

Reward offered to solve puppy beating


A local foundation is offering a $10,500 reward for information that identifies the person who injured a three-month-old Doberman puppy that was abandoned at the Calgary North Vet Clinic.

The pup was discovered covered in blood in the clinic parking lot on Nov. 3. It wasn’t expected to survive its injuries, but after surgery, it’s recovering.

Calgary Humane Society investigators are looking into who is responsible for the suspected case of animal abuse. The DAISY Foundation is hoping its reward for information leading to an arrest will help.

“I really think we’re going to get an arrest because of this (reward),” said Heather Anderson, who formed the group two years ago after a dog named Daisy Duke was killed by his teenage owner and a friend in Didsbury.

The foundation received several small donations before an anonymous Calgarian contacted them to contribute $9,600 towards the reward.

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Beaten puppy found abandoned in Calgary; abuse suspected

Beaten puppy found abandoned in Calgary; abuse suspected


By Stephane Massinon, Photograph by: Ted Jacob; Calgary Herald

CALGARY – The Calgary Humane Society suspects animal abuse after an injured pup was left outside a veterinary hospital in a kennel that was covered in blood.

The young Doberman was abandoned late Tuesday in the parking lot at the Calgary North Veterinary Hospital.

Humane Society spokeswoman Lindsay Jones said the dog’s injuries may be life-threatening.

“Unfortunately, we do see these cases come through our doors, but this is unusual in that it’s such a young pup and his injuries are quite severe and there’s no explanation for them,” said Jones.

The agency hopes to find out who or what was responsible for the injuries.

Vets have been working to stabilize the Doberman and get its fluids up, Jones said.

It has suffered a broken front leg and trauma to his head.

“It’s heartbreaking for each and every staff member,” said Jones, who added she fought back tears when saw the injured pup.

“We are doing our best, and he is improving, but his condition is still guarded.”

The pooch is thought to be three months old, and because it is so skinny, there are concerns it was being neglected. If it survives, the pup will need extensive care and rehabilitation, the humane society said.

Dr. Drew Van Niekerk, co-owner of the Calgary North Veterinary Hospital, said the animal had to have been dumped because it could not have walked on its own.

The Doberman will undergo surgery, at no charge for the operation, which would normally cost $3,000. Van Niekerk believes it will likely survive.

“We’re all dog lovers and cat lovers here, and it’s hard on staff when they have to face the realities of people who are less than responsible,” said Van Niekerk. “Unfortunately, in a 24-hour busy emergency practice, we get to see this stuff too often.”

He worries that when stories like these arise, some people may feel it’s OK to dump an unwanted or injured animal at their doorsteps.

“It’s important to realize that regardless of any circumstances, a pet owner’s responsibility . . . is to do the right thing. I know that life is complicated, but animals don’t deserve this kind of thing,” said Van Niekerk.

The humane society’s peace officers are investigating the case and believe the injuries were likely inflicted by someone. Peace officers are able to lay charges of animal cruelty and neglect under the Animal Protections Act of Alberta, Jones said.

Heather Anderson, founder of the Daisy Foundation, said the case “makes me sick to my stomach.”

Anderson said she hopes people with information about the case will come forward to authorities.

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Pay up

Pay up

By Judy Taylor

Re: “Owner says sentence in sheep attack too lenient,” Oct. 22.

I don’t cry easily, but this kind of cruelty toward animals brings tears to my eyes. Fifty months of community service (likely only a few hours a year) and a fine of $607 payable to the owner is laughable. Why is the brutal beating of an animal treated so lightly?

I know money isn’t everything, but perhaps people who commit such brutality should feel it for the rest of their lives. Would a required contribution to the Daisy Foundation (Delegates Against Inhumane Suffering) of $100 per month for the rest of their lives be out of line? It might make them think twice, and it might just save just a few animals from such a horrible fate. That money could go a long way toward education and animal rescue.

Calgary-area sheep owner says teen attacker’s sentence too lenient

Calgary-area sheep owner says teen attacker’s sentence too lenient

Youth must pay fine, serve community

By Gwendolyn Richards; Calgary Herald, Photograph by The Gazette/Marie-France Coallier

CALGARY – A sentence of probation and community service for a Strathmore teen who attacked a sheep– injuring it to the point it had to be put down–doesn’t fit the crime, says the animal’s owner.

The youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was ordered to perform 50 months of community service and pay restitution of $607 to owner Mel Smart.

Smart, who has been to all of the teen’s court appearances since the June 2008 incident, said she expected nothing more from the sentence considering the limitations of youth court guidelines, but is still disappointed.

“I certainly don’t think beating– resulting in the death of an animal–versus probation is any way, shape or form equal,” she said Wednesday. “I always hope that some sort of justice is going to prevail. But, unfortunately, the way the youth court system works in Canada, that’s not going to happen.”

Smart had loaned her herd of about 300 sheep to the Strathmore Agricultural Society to help maintain its grounds last summer.

The animals were behind a two-metre high, chain link fence when four teens entered the area and harassed the animals. The youth used a hockey stick to beat the sheep.

Smart said one ewe had to be put down due to extensive injuries, and more than a dozen others were injured.

Four teens were charged with trespassing and one faced the second charge of injuring cattle.

He pleaded guilty to the second charge in Strathmore provincial court. The trespassing charge was withdrawn.

According to Smart, the judge blasted the teen, who was under probation at the time of the incident, and adjourned court to allow the youth and his family to make arrangements to get the money for restitution so it could be paid that day.

Animal activist Heather Anderson said she was surprised the teen pleaded guilty and saddened the sentence did not reflect the brutality of the crime.

“Every bone was shattered,” she said. “She had to lay there until she was found.”

Anderson, who created the DAISY Foundation, said cases like these indicate there is a need for tougher penalties for animal cruelty.

“There’s no difference between animal abuse and people abuse and it has to stop,” she said.

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