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Old October 21st, 2008, 09:38 PM
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Dogmelissa , I'm off to bed so I don't have time to read all your post . But I did read that it was kinda of good.

I will read it all tomorrow.
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Old October 21st, 2008, 11:34 PM
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I can't believe that it's being strung out until Dec, though!

I hope the guy gets some serious time in prison although maybe a psychiatric ward would be a better place for him...
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Old October 21st, 2008, 11:53 PM
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Quick update: First News article is up:
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Crown seeks jail term for Alberta animal abuser
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 | 4:47 PM MT
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An Alberta judge denied a request from the accused in an animal torture case to change his plea, paving the way for a sentencing date more than two years after the incident.

Daniel Haskett, 20, had pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and obstruction of justice, but asked to change that to not guilty.

He told the court in July that he lied when he admitted to dragging the family dog behind a vehicle, because he wanted the matter to be concluded and for people to stop harassing him.

On Tuesday, a provincial court judge in Didsbury, about 80 kilometres north of Calgary, denied Haskett's application, which means his guilty plea still stands.

In October 2006, a 17-year-old friend accidentally ran over the Haskett family's dog, Daisy Duke, a lab-border collie cross.

The teen has already been sentenced to house arrest in what his lawyer has called a "poorly thought-out euthanasia attempt."

The court has heard that the dog had a plastic bag taped over its head, was dragged behind a vehicle and hit over the head with a shovel. The animal, with her muzzle and all four legs duct-taped, was found so severely injured that a veterinarian had to euthanize her.

'We were really hoping for a verdict today, so we're very disappointed and I've never seen such a farce of a trial in my life to tell you the truth.'—Heather Anderson, animal activist

In sentencing arguments on Tuesday, the Crown asked that Haskett be sentenced to jail for three to five months and be banned from owning a pet for two years. The maximum sentence is six months in jail or a $2,000 fine.

Haskett's lawyer asked for a conditional sentence with no jail time.

Haskett is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 17.

Heather Anderson, who started a petition to change Canada's animal cruelty laws, was disappointed that the case, which has divided the town as it inched through the court system over the last two years, was not concluded Tuesday.

"It's ridiculous. We were really hoping for a verdict today, so we're very disappointed, and I've never seen such a farce of a trial in my life to tell you the truth. It's just unbelievable," she said.

Haskett has been the target for many angry protesters; at his first court appearance, a crowd surrounded him as he got into a minivan and then kicked and pounded on the vehicle.

In June, a protester yelled obscenities at him and his mother as the RCMP escorted them out of the courthouse.
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 07:34 AM
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Oh how frustrating not getting sentenced, but good news that the not guilty plea was not accepted .

How could anybody believe this guy as an upstanding citizen, hopefully the judge will see right through those lies. This guy would only give the military a bad name . But I think his "dreams" of joining the military is busted now with a conviction.

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Wow - I remember this case but did not realize that it was still going on!

How awe inspiring that you have stayed with this all this time DogMelissa! What an incredible testament to Daisy Duke.

I truly believe that everyone gets their just rewards, but sometimes I am disheartened by how long it takes for that to happen. I am glad that the judge dimissed his request to change the plea, and I hope that he gets the fullest punishment allowed by law (which is pitiful IMO). But now that he has the guilty plea on his record, he will be considered a convicted criminal and the next time he assaults a person or an animal, he will find the road much harder. I have no doubt that there will be a next time - I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there have been other victims.

It has always amazed me that children who torture animals are not taken more seriously since the statistics show that these children are highly likely to commit violent crimes against others as they get older. As was said in another post in this thread - 'virtually every serial killer began by torturing animals'.
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 07:40 PM
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"all we did was unintentionally torture her".
unintentionally ?

I don't know how you do it dogmelissa , to be there in court , listening to all those and have to keep your cool. It must be hard.

I sure hope he gets the max , even if the max is still not enough.

Thanks for the update.
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unintentionally ? yup, thats like ooops, we tortured her... OOOps!

I don't know how you do it dogmelissa , to be there in court , listening to all those and have to keep your cool. It must be hard. I agree, Melissa, you are a very strong person and deserve a round of applause for being there every time. Daisy Duke surely appreciates it, lookin down.

I sure hope he gets the max , even if the max is still not enough.

Thanks for the update.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 05:11 PM
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Thanks much for all the support! It is hugely appreciated.
A friend of mine joined me in court this time - first time for her. She is deaf so she was relying on my notes to figure out what was going on, and as she was waiting for things to happen (at many points they just talked a lot and didn't really say anything), she was watching the family and him. She had to leave at one point and came back apologizing for not being a stronger person - his family was totally cool & collected and showed no concern whatsoever. I can understand how that would be hard to take. To be fair, this does bother me more than I let on. But I just keep thinking of all the people here who are waiting for updates, and I keep thinking of my dog at home - who was abused. I think of how I was unable to save Daisy and how there's so many other animals that I couldn't save (like many of the animals described in the other cases - who weren't even referred to by name). But mostly I think of all the animals that *could* be saved if people that could do this are punished - and a message sent to anyone else who doesn't respect animals. It is *that* thought that keeps me going back up there, that keeps me strong while I sit there listening to him lie again and again.

I do believe in Karma. I don't believe that any punishment Daniel will get for this will be retribution, but I do truly believe that at some point in his life, he will pay for what he did to Daisy Duke that day, now over 2 years ago. And when that day comes, I know that Daisy's spirit will finally be able to rest in peace. I can only hope that when my time comes, not only do I get to see all the animals who have passed through my life and given me so much, but I get to see Daisy, waitiing for me on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. She doesn't need to stay long, but I'd like to see her and give her a hug and tell her how much she changed my life - because she really did.

Ok, on that totally sappy note, I will be going. I'm sorry I haven't posted any other articles on this, but to be honest, the others that I found were pathetic and very short especially compared to the one I already posted. I will be sure to update you with the final results in December.

Take care, and please give hugs and kisses to all the furry ones in your life for me.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 05:24 PM
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What a wonderful post, dogmelissa .

I think of Daisy often and picture her as she was being dragged behind the truck, thinking of her saying, please stop, what did I do to deserve this?

I can't believe that we call our society "civilized", a civilized society would not view any violence and would punish applicably.
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Melissa,thank you for still hanging in there for Daisy-Duke and reporting to us,you know she will never be forgotten and the evil that was done to her
that this cruel excuse for a human will be spending his sorry butt in jail
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Old December 17th, 2008, 09:30 PM
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Well today was the day.... Sentencing.

I had a horrible sleep last night because we've had terrible weather (a total of about 8" of snow, horrible wind and frigidly cold temperatures), and I knew that the highway would not be in good shape. So I had planned to get up early, and I was not looking forward to getting up or driving.

But I did. And I got there safely (I know you were all worried). I saw lots of cars in the ditch but I didn't join them! :

Court was supposed to start at 9:30; they'd asked it to start early because they wanted to get it done sooner rather than later and were hoping to not interfere with other cases that were previously scheduled that day. However, Daniel was late and there was some concern that he may not be coming. Apparently he'd moved to Edmonton so the thought was that he may not have realized how bad the highway was and hadn't left enough time. So right from the start it was looking poor.
He showed up shortly after 10 so things got started. The judge first discussed (briefly and without too much graphic description thankfully) the events of that day, and what the charges were that he had been convicted of. He then discussed some of the cases that he'd referred to in making his decision (the longest sentence was 3 months continuous in jail for a man who had a history of abusing his cat and finally killed it). He then talked about what the maximum sentence was (6 months imprisonment) and why that was rarely imposed (person pretty much has to have an "extensive" criminal record, be considered somewhat a danger to re-offend and have little to no likelihood of rehabilitation).

They broke for a few minutes to discuss the implications of the change to the code in section 447.1 subsection 1 (which repealed Section 446.5 pertaining to the duration/necessity for restrictions on owning or being responsible for animals). They came back with the agreement that the code that was in effect at the time of the crime was the one that must be imposed. I truly did not understand this because they also changed the maximum sentence for cruelty to animals and they never *once* discussed sentencing him under the new code - it is my understanding that you are charged and sentenced under the law that exists at the time of the crime as quite often things take a long time to get through the courts and though the code doesn't change often, when it does it would open up a HUGE can of worms if a person could be basically charged for a crime or sentenced in accordance with rules that didn't exist when they did their crime. I digress...

It was revealed that Daniel had moved back to Didsbury (living with his mother again), and that the lawyer had only been told that when Daniel arrived at court today - to which I question why the f** was he late if he lived only a few blocks away? I had an 85km drive in possibly the worst highway conditions possibly and I was there on time!! They talked about how his mother still has the other dog, Diesel (shih tzu mix), but if Daniel's sentence included a no-pet-ownership or care clause, they would rehome the dog for the duration of the sentence. His lawyer spoke about how moving back to the community in which the crime was committed was extremely relevant and made if of enormous benefit to him to be sentenced to serve time in the community due to the media attention and community awareness (therefore stigma on him) of his crime.
He also spoke briefly about how if the judge sentenced him to an intermittent sentence (this is jail time served only on weekends), he would be available to serve starting this friday (and being released on monday).

Crown got back up at this point and talked about the no-ownership part of things and how the max is 2 years. He said that Crown supports the maximum because there is always the possibility of an accident which could result in the same behaviour (the judge had talked earlier about how the torture was intentional but did not come out because of intent to injure the dog, but rather as a result of a very poor decision made after an accident). He also talked about how the effect of a conditional sentence (ie probation) is magnified by living in the community in which the crime was committed, but he still recommended REAL jail time as a deterrent to others. He said an intermittent sentence still allows him to be visible in the community and basically to carry on a normal life, which is very much like a conditional sentence. He said REAL jail time is needed to uphold the public's confidence in the justice system. (Did I mention that I truly love this man?? He is so awesome!)

We broke for a few minutes (well, first they dealt with a few other cases and then we broke - and I was honestly very afraid that they were going to push things off. The lawyer kept saying "if this goes to sentencing" and the judge didn't seem to have made up his mind!) and then they came back.

The judge said this was a unique case because he hadn't found any other cases where any sort of injury, especially of that magnitude, was inflicted on an animal following an accidental initial injury.
His sentence was this:
- no restrictions on pets (owning or caring for them) as his actions did not result from malice or hatred of a pet. Also, because he resides in the community, there will be no need for these restrictions.
- 30 day intermittent sentence (to be served on weekends) starting this weekend: he will report to the RCMP in Didsbury at 9am Saturday Dec 22 and be released at 6pm Sunday Dec 21. He will continue every weekend until the 30 days are up.
- Probation for 1 year starting today; report to probation officer within 7 days (he originally wanted immediate reporting, but the sheriff said that the PO was not there until next week). The probation will include requiring him to report to a 'manager designate' (whatever that is) in person once a month or as directed by his PO. It also puts down a curfew which requires him to be within his residence from the hours of 9pm to 6am whenever he's not serving his jail term.
- and finally, he is to serve 40 hours of community service, the type/location to be determined by the PO (I hope it's cleaning trash off the highway so I can find him and drive by while throwing rocks!).

As court was breaking, the lawyers were trying to discuss whether or not part of the sentence was to include a no-contact provision with T (the youth), and I'm not sure what happened, because people were moving around, but I think they said it wasn't necessary as that was part of the sentence conditions of T. (So when his probation is up, which should be in a few months, I think, I will have to check my files, they will be able to do whatever they want from 6am to 9pm on weekdays.

How completely betrayed do YOU feel by this? 30 days to be served on weekends? 40 hours community service? 40 hours???? He's used way more than 40 hours of the court's time for this, he should have to do more. Maybe 400 hours.

I totally feel let down, but there's nothing I can do. Tamara Chaney is starting a new petition, hoping to keep the bill from dying before the House again (I signed it but I don't have much faith that anything will get through the house anytime soon with the crap going on there). The website for that is http://stopanimalcrueltyincanada.wordpress.com/ and I would encourage all of you to visit it and find out how you can help. There was over 100,000 signatures last time, but I don't think that's enough! We can do better!!

I've had a very tiring day so I will go. I will return in the next couple of days with any newspaper articles written about this.

The good news is that this is all done before Christmas and at last Daisy can rest in peace. Her memory will fade from many people, but it will not fade from my mind. She will live on in spirit in my heart. But at last she can rest, knowing that it is over.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support. It has been a very difficult 2 years dealing with this.
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Not nearly enough :sad:

I'm sorry it wasn't more, Melissa.
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OMG, our justice system is a joke.

Thank you so much for the updates, melissa . You are an for taking so much time out of your life to look out for justice for Daisy Duke.
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I can't believe people would do this!!! It breaks my heart! If these heartless people do this in public, what have they done when no one is looking? How can people be so heartless...how do they look at themselves in the mirror every morning??? I'll never know.
I hope that they prosecute these guys!
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Melissa,I think you,as well as I and all others,knew this would be the outcome
At least this Daniel has had his life interrupted,with court-dates,had the people in Didsbury look upon him with disgust and anger,had to move..
Although I would like to see him rot in jail forever..

I believe Daisy,knows how you and all of her loving supporters fought for justice and cared about her,she will now finally be able to rest in peace,it's over.

Melissa,you can be sure I'll never forget about Daisy-Duke and the horror inflicted on her.
I also want to thank you for,practically risking your life to get to the court-house,to keep us informed over the past 2 yrs.
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Didsbury dog abuser jailed on weekends

By Jamie Komarnicki
December 18, 2008

More than two years ago, police followed the trail of blood left by the limp, broken body of Lab-collie Daisy Duke to the home of Daniel Charles Haskett.

The 19-year-old Didsbury man eventually admitted in court to taking part in a case of dog abuse that horrified the town 80 kilometres north of Calgary and spurred a national campaign to change animal cruelty laws.

On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Haskett to 30 days in jail, which he can serve on weekends.

The decision was greeted by disappointment from local animal rights activists, and relief from Didsbury's mayor, who said the town is eager to lay the incident to rest.

"I'm just glad that it's concluded so that from all sides, it's time to move on," Brian Wittal said, noting that Daisy Duke's death garnered international headlines.

"It was something that was made much bigger than it should have been or needed to be. It built frustrations on all sides,"Wittal said.

"To have it concluded is the important thing."

Haskett tied a tow rope around Daisy Duke's neck, duct taped her mouth and legs and placed a plastic bag over the Lab-collie's head.

At Haskett's sentencing Wednesday, Judge Ian Kirkpatrick acknowledged the actions were a botched attempt at euthanasia after the co-accused in the case accidentally ran over the pet with a car, said defence lawyer Alan Pearse.

Kirkpatrick also handed Haskett a year's probation and a weekday curfew, but denied an application from the Crown for a two-year prohibition on owning pets.

Crown prosecutor Gord Haight said he'd asked for the prohibition bearing in mind that Daisy Duke was a family pet and "there was a trust element involved in the offence."

Haight had asked for a three-to five-month jail sentence.

"I'm glad that at least some period of jail is being served by Mr. Haskett," he said.

Daisy Duke's battered body was found on a Didsbury street on Oct. 7, 2006. After the co-accused, a young offender, accidentally ran over the pet, the pair trussed up the dog and dragged the animal several blocks before running over it a second time and leaving the body on the street.

Haskett, who has been harassed and threatened since news of the gruesome death broke, is hoping to serve his sentence and move on, his lawyer said.

"It's been very hard on him, quite frankly," Pearce said.

"He hopes people leave him alone, which is what he wants."

But Didsbury resident Tamara Chaney, who launched a petition calling for tougher animal abuse laws that garnered more than 110,000 signatures, said the sentence amounts to little more than a slap on the wrist.

"I think it sends the message loud and clear that it's just not a concern, animal abuse is not a concern," she said.

Though she deplored the "lax" sentence, Chaney said it's also renewed efforts to push for better laws to protect animals.

She said she plans to send a new petition to Parliament Hill in the coming months.

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Alberta animal abuser gets weekend jail sentence
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 | 4:08 PM MT
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Daniel Haskett will serve his jail term on weekends.

A Didsbury man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for torturing his family's dog, ending a case that dragged through the Alberta court system for two years.

Daniel Haskett, now 21, had pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and obstruction of justice.

On Wednesday, a provincial court judge sentenced Haskett to 30 days in jail to be served on weekends, a year's probation and a weekday 9 p.m. curfew.

Haskett is not prohibited from owning or being around animals.

"[His] mother has a dog and the dog's very attached to him so that was actually a very big deal for him," said defence lawyer Alan Pearse.

Calling the case a botched attempt to cover up an accident, the judge rejected the Crown's request of a jail term of three to five months and a ban from owning a pet for two years.

In October 2006, a 17-year-old friend accidentally ran over Daisy Duke, a lab-border collie cross, in the town 80 kilometres north of Calgary.

Haskett and the friend taped a plastic bag over the dog's head, hit it over the head with a shovel and dragged it behind a truck.

The animal was discovered so injured that a veterinarian had to euthanize her.

In May, the young offender was sentenced to three months of house arrest followed by two years of probation, as well as 240 hours of community service.

"This was more or less a misguided attempt at euthanasia," said Pearse.

Daisy Duke was found to be so injured that a veterinarian euthanized her.

Crown prosecutor Gordon Haight said he was gratified a jail term was imposed.

"Indeed the Crown's position was it would not be accurate even to characterize it as euthanasia. These two individuals were simply trying not to get in trouble and in doing so, inflicted horrendous suffering to this animal," he said on Wednesday.
Wanted harsher sentence

The animal rights activists who have protested outside the Didsbury courthouse before and after every proceeding said they wanted to see a harsher jail sentence for Haskett.

"I think it's a very pathetic sentence you know. Thirty days, weekends? What is that? Pathetic," said Tamara Cheney who started one of several petitions sparked by the case.

One with 110,000 signatures was sent to Ottawa supporting the modernization of Canada's animal-cruelty laws for the first time in a century.

The House of Commons recently passed a new law raising the maximum penalty for cruelty to animals to five years in prison or a $10,000 fine, or both. But the maximum under the old law, in effect when the incident happened, was six months in prison or a $2,000 fine, or both.

Haskett's lawyer had asked for a conditional sentence with no jail time, because his client had suffered death threats in the town of about 15,000 people and had a bullet fired through his living room window.

At his first court appearance, a crowd surrounded Haskett as he got into a minivan and then kicked and pounded on the vehicle. In June, a protester yelled obscenities at him and his mother as the RCMP escorted them out of the courthouse.

"I think he's happy it's over," said Pearse of his client, who left without speaking to reporters.
(I have to post one of the comments on this article: "He should spend his 30 days in a dog kennel." LOL!!! That's the best suggestion I've heard yet!)

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Dog abuser sentenced

Updated: Wed Dec. 17 2008 15:30:11

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A Didsbury man has been given jail time for abusing a dog so badly that it had to be put down.

Daniel Haskett, 21, pleaded guilty to charges of injuring/endangering an animal and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

He later tried to change his plea but a judge refused the request.

On Wednesday, Haskett was sentenced to 30 days in jail for his involvement in the death of a dog named Daisy Duke. The time will be served on weekends at the Calgary Remand Centre.

Haskett was also ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and will be on probation for one year.

Some animal rights activists are disappointed with the sentence. "There's got to be better laws for these animals because animals are still treated as property here and that's pathetic," says Heather Anderson. "They are living, breathing creatures that give a lot of love and we should respect them more."

Daisy Duke was beaten and dragged behind a truck for 100 metres. The animal's injuries were so severe that it had to be put down.

The maximum sentence the judge could have delivered was six months in jail or a $2,000 fine.
Note: Daisy was actually dragged behind a car, but it's close enough.

What really bothers me is all the people who are commenting that the animal right's activists are equivalent to terrorists, or saying that repetition skews the story. I read one comment that said the loss of a beloved family pet must have been traumatic on the family. Not a single one of those people, who are so brave sitting behing their computers, were in that court room. There were 3 people, and only 3 people, who attended every single court date. One of them was me, the other was a wonderful lady named Ruby (actually we both missed one, but they were different days). The other person was the Crown Prosecutor, Gord Haight. Not even his lawyer was there for every date (remember, he changed lawyers!), there was different judges, and of course Daniel himself only showed at maybe 4 dates. None of those people who are so very worried for his family saw his mother in court, none of them saw his brother, none of them saw his friends, and none of them looked into his face, as they all sat there LAUGHING in court, making fun of us as we cried, making fun of the system (how else do you take it when you're 30 minutes late for a court date in your own town? or miss court dates because you had a 'job interview', though you're unemployed?). Not one of those people saw his smug face when he was told that he would not go to jail for anything other than weekends - do they realize all that a weekend jail sentence involves is sitting at a table eating lunch and dinner for FREE and having to spend ONE night on a cot? Weekenders are not integrated in with the general population because they have access to drugs and weapons (or things that can be made into weapons), so he will not be anywhere near people who really do not like those who hurt innocents. He will get to watch TV, play video games and relax. During the week, he is free to do as he pleases, and though the judge encouraged him to find and maintain employment, I highly doubt there is anyone in the town who will hire him (it would be bad for business!!). So he will be unable to work, which means he's going to be unable to pay income tax or otherwise contribute to society, and he will sit in his mother's living room playing video games and LAUGHING. The people who suggest animal rights activists are terrorists have never looked into the eyes of someone who did what he did and seen what I've seen looking back. They would not be so quick to jump on board the 'activists are the problem' band wagon if it was their pet who was hurt or killed, or worse, their child (because that IS the next step for him). The family is NOT sad about the loss of Daisy. His mother never shed a tear, never even looked UPSET despite repeated descriptions of what was done to her. Beloved pet? To his brother, she was. And that is why his brother (older one) has disowned the family.

Never once did I even show up with signs or flyers, I never approached a vehicle he was in or threw comments at him. I didn't track down his house and shoot at it or leave hate mail or call. I took my dog, once, as a symbol of what abuse looks like. Every single day I look into my dog's ONE and only eye and ask him to forgive people for what they did to him. Daisy isn't here so I can't ask her. I can't imagine the suffering that she endured, and then to have someone suggest that what I did was equivalent to terrorism? That hurts. But I get comfort from knowing that if Daisy *was* here and I were able to ask her for forgiveness, she would look into my eyes and lick away the tears.

Thank you all for the strength, encouragement and support. I would have been unable to get through this without you. Yesterday when I was driving, I know that you were all watching out for me, getting me there and back safely - thank you.

Daisy - I never met you but I love you and I will not forget you. Rest easy, angel. I will light a candle for you.

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Oh dogmelissa . Why can't the judges see what you see and deliver the appropriate sentence.

Thank you so much for your dedication to Daisy Duke, I bet she is watching down over you as we speak.
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Aww Melissa,I know this has been incredibly hard for you,I am just sitting here in front of my PC,I did not see this excuse for a young man,or had to listen over and over again to the horror Daisy-Duke had to endure.
Just reading it again,made me physically ill and incredibly sad,I wish I had been there to help her.

I know,anyone who cares deeply about animals cats/dogs/seals or whatever is called an"activist"."terrorist"etc...,it just shows how much we as a country care about all the injustices done to the animals we are sharing this earth with.

The mother of Daniel,probably did not care for Daisy any more than he did.
I remember visiting Alberta ranch-country(Pincher Creek area) many years ago,I hated it,because of the way the animals were treated,be it livestock or family pets.
They had a beautiful brown Doberman,whom the father decided he was a no good dog,led him out back and shot him,I was in shock,could not believe it.
I know Alberta,is not alone in this,but it's the first time I ever experienced such a total disregard for an animals life:sad:

You are a wonderful person with a big heart,you never once gave up on Daisy-Duke and I thank you for that and thank you for reporting back to us
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Oh Chico, that must have been horrifying for you . I did notice that many people did treat dogs differently in AB than here in ON. I saw many dogs tied up in the garage all alone. :sad:.

People would allow their dogs to ride in the back of trucks, I was mortified that one would jump out and I would accidentally run over it. :sad:

Of course we know that is not all Albertans and that it is not isolated to only AB., happens all over the world.
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I remember visiting Alberta ranch-country(Pincher Creek area) many years ago,I hated it,because of the way the animals were treated,be it livestock or family pets.
They had a beautiful brown Doberman,whom the father decided he was a no good dog,led him out back and shot him,I was in shock,could not believe it.
I know Alberta,is not alone in this,but it's the first time I ever experienced such a total disregard for an animals life:sad:
Please don't judge all of Alberta because of one person. I have many farming relatives, and none of them would ever do that to an animal. One of my aunts actually rounded up her barn cats and took them in to be fixed because she couldn't stand the thought of killing the kittens (my uncle had often drowned them when there was too many). The same aunt put her german shepherd through 2 surgeries in an attempt to cure him of bowel cancer. In the end, he needed to be euthanized (and he was euthanized, not taken out back and shot), and he was buried in the yard. A different aunt had a big yellow lab that she built a special dog house for because the dog had a problem with her neck and couldn't 'duck' to get into the door of a regular dog house. Though neither of these dogs that I've mentioned were 'pets' (they were farm dogs and did not go in the house), they were very much loved and taken care of.

In any group of people, in any province, in any country, there are going to be a few who are just ignorant. Please don't judge all of Alberta on the actions of a few (or any other group of people for that matter).

I'm not insulted or anything, just frustrated with the whole situation with Daniel and the law and everything else and I just don't want you or anyone else to walk away from this thinking "all Albertans are mental" or something.

Anyhow... thanks again for everything.
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dogmelissa, chico would never think that way, she is one of the kindest souls I have ever known.
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Oh no Melissa,I know that,I would never judge a whole province by a few bad people.
One of my sons live in Alberta(Vermilion),he's just like me,loves animals and loves Alberta.
The friends we were visiting with,took us to this huge party at a huge ranch and it was not a good party,lots of drunks and this"macho"guy showing off how tough he was,the dog did not obey him and he shot him.
Ontario certainly has it's share of cruel people and if we do not start protecting the innocent animals in all of Canada it will never end.

L4H,thank you,but I can be a real "bitch"at times
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Hi, I started to read your post about that poor little dog, I only got to where he was tied to the back of a car and i couldn't read anymore but believe me i can imagine. All i ca say to that without crying is, i hope that beautiful little creature is in a happier and friendlier place right now and as for that scum i hope someone does the same thing to him one day and see how he likes it. I think that people should have to have a licence to keep pets and have their licences reviewed every 6 months that way pets can be happy and loved and not scared and harmed. I'm sorry i couldn't reafd the rest of the post but animal cruely really hurts me.
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I can't believe I'm actually posting in here again. How's this for sickening:
I just got an email from Ruby. She lives in a different town, but close to Didsbury (I don't want to say where because I don't want bad people like Daniel to be able to track her down). She says: "The following is taken from our local paper:

Disbury man to face new charges - Just three and a half weeks after
being sentenced in an animal abuse case that captured national
attention, a Didsbury mas was back in court Jan. 5 to face charges on
an unrelated matter. Daniel Charles Haskett, 23, pleaded not guilty in
Didsbury provincial court on charges of theft under $5000 and failure
to attend court. A trial on the charges has been set for Mar. 25."

I can't find anything on the web about this, but I will keep looking. I'm not sure when this was published; it may be too new to be on the web yet.

Like seriously - obviously weekend jail is doing nothing to make him think that jail is a serious thing and I honestly can't believe I'm reading this! 3 f****** weeks and he's arrested again???? GRRRRRRRRR

There really are no words for how this makes me feel.
I will most likely not be going there in March for this, though it is tempting. I have wasted too much of my life on this scum bag, though. I'll see if Ruby is going to go - she is much closer.

Thanks again,
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Meilssa,nice to hear from you
This dog-killer shows no regard for the law and IMO should be in jail.
Do-Gooders think jail is no deterrent,maybe not,but it's supposed to be PUNISHMENT to keep ordinary people and animals safe.
If this moron keeps getting a slap on the wrist,his crimes will escalate,without a doubt
Thank's for keeping us in the know,maybe there will be some justice for Daisy-Duke after all
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People who would do what was done to Daisy Duke are scum and are not reformable. They lack empathy, period. I just wish our laws would reflect the horror of the crimes they commit.

Thanks for keeping us updated on this piece of dirt.
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I 100% agree with you chico & himies.... I just feel so lost with this. There's nothing I can do; and I know that what I want to do (which is teach him a lesson myself!) would end up with me spending more time in jail than he will! Maybe his community service can be set up so that he's the "bad guy" that they use to train police dogs, only he won't be wearing any protective gear. I think that would be suitable. What about you guys?

So, opinions on whether or not I should spend the 2 hours driving there and back to see what happens in March? The article says it's an actual trial, but I've heard that before with his name and it just kept getting pushed off. I'm not really willing to drive there for nothing but I also kind of don't want to miss it in case it is something. Hmmmm....
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Melissa,I hear you,whatever you decide to do,we are forever grateful for your vigilance in keeping us updated.
Daisy-Duke knows there are people like you thinking of her.
I am certain,sooner or later this killer will pay for what he's done,he is obviously a piraya to society and one day he'll be locked up for good
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You have gone above and beyond what most people would do, so this is your choice to do. I would not want your family or job to suffer because of it though and would totally understand if you did not do it.

If you are asking if we are interested in knowing what becomes of this scumbag, then yes, I would love to know that he got his just rewards for the horrid crime he committed against Daisy Duke, even if the punishment is not related to this crime. I whole heartedly appreciated every update you gave us on this case. Thank you.
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