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Abused puppy to go back to owner

May 14th, 2007, 07:48 AM
What can we do to help this poor animal.

Abused puppy could go back

Dog's ears chopped off but owner has right to reclaim pet under law
Chris Thompson, Windsor Star
Published: Sunday, May 13, 2007
Criminal animal cruelty charges are likely against the owner of a dog that was found with its ears cut off, but under the law he can reclaim the dog if he pays its medical bills and other fees.

The Windsor-Essex County Humane Society received a call from an anonymous concerned neighbour after the dog, a German Shepherd-Rottweiler mix, was spotted in an apartment building in the 3400 block of Sandwich Street at around 5 p.m. Friday.

Humane society officers responded and saw a dog on the balcony of a second-floor apartment.

Nancy McCabe, a field operations manager with the humane society, comforts a young dog whose ears are believed to have been cut off by the owner.
Tyler Brownbridge, The Windsor Star

Both his ears were severely injured," said Nancy McCabe, the manager of field operations for the humane society.

"His ears were all raw and bloody. We believe he (the owner) either took a kitchen knife or a hand saw and cut the dog's ears off."

The dog is about five or six months old, McCabe said.

The humane society contacted the police to gain entry to the unoccupied apartment to rescue the dog under the provisions of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Act.

As police were attempting to gain entry the girlfriend of the dog's owner arrived and provided access but denied any claim of ownership of the dog.

The dog was taken for emergency treatment at a 24-hour veterinary clinic on Walker Road.

He was administered pain killers and antibiotics and taken to the humane society's Provincial Road headquarters.

The dog was outfitted with a cone collar to protect the injured ears but it was later removed.

"The ears appear to be healing but he cut them right down to the head," said McCabe.

"You see a lot of pretty horrendous things but this is at the top of the list. I can't fathom how someone could do such a thing. It's just disgusting."

McCabe, accompanied by police for protection, met with the owner Sunday morning at his apartment.

"He said he had nothing to do with the injuries and that he bought the dog from some guy named Jay and that it was already like that," said an emotional McCabe.

"He said it got attacked by another dog."

The owner was unable to provide a last name or address for the alleged dog seller.

He told McCabe the dog's name was A.K.

McCabe provided the owner with bills for the cost of removal of the dog, its veterinary bills, a seizure fee and boarding costs totalling $680.

If the owner can come up with the money within five business days he can reclaim possession of the dog.

McCabe is compiling evidence to pass on to the regional inspector for the OSPCA who will determine if criminal charges will be filed.

Even if convicted the owner faces a small monetary fine and a ban on owning an animal, McCabe said.

"The law considers an animal as property, like a car or a couch," said McCabe.

May 14th, 2007, 07:57 AM
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