Target: Calgary, Alberta, Crown Prosecutor’s Office
Goal: Seek harsh penalty against cruel dog breeder and ban him from owning pets in the future.
In late 2014, a starving bulldog was found wandering the streets with large wounds in its legs, severe infections in both eyes, and an ear missing. The dog, named Ruby, was traced back to its owners by the Calgary Humane Society, which labeled the case one of the worst the organization has ever seen. Another 11 animals were seized from the residence, including seven dogs, three bearded dragons, and a rabbit, which all showed varying symptoms of neglect. Three people were reportedly charged with animal cruelty in relation to the case, including a dog breeder with previous animal cruelty convictions.
Jamie O’Leary, who was charged with four counts of cruelty and neglect to animals, has a record of previous animal abuse. In 2011, he was found guilty of neglect-related charges when he failed to seek medical attention for a pit bull after it was mauled by another dog. O’Leary was fined $2,000, but the judge made no effort to enforce the ban on owning animals that usually comes with a conviction under the Animal Protection Act.
Prosecutors will be seeking convictions under the Canadian Criminal Code for O’Leary and his girlfriend. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and another $2,000 fine. The owner of the home where the animals were found could face a $20,000 fine and be banned from owning animals for the rest of her life.
If O’Leary had been penalized more harshly or banned from owning animals the first time, it is likely that this situation could have been avoided entirely. Since he was given the benefit of the doubt once before and re-offended, he should not be treated with such leniency again. Sign the petition below to urge the prosecution to seek the maximum possible penalty for this cruel and neglectful dog breeder if convicted.
Dear Crown Prosecutors,
A dog breeder who allegedly threw a starving, injured, and disease-ridden dog on the streets to die will soon be brought to trial in Calgary. An investigation revealed several more neglected animals at the home of owner Jamie O’Leary, who had previously been convicted of animal cruelty under the Animal Protection Act, but was only punished with a fine.
Had O’Leary been banned from owning pets for his first offense, this shocking act of cruelty could have been avoided. This time around, he should not be treated with the same leniency. We, the undersigned, ask that the Crown seeks the maximum sentence against O’Leary and bans him from owning animals in the future if he is found guilty.
[Your Name Here]
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