Thursday, March 26, 2009

Maya: Pet of the Week

Maya A099895

Maya (A099895) is a two year old Australian Cattle Dog mix. This active lady requires daily on-leash exercise as well as a basic obedience class to teach her some manners. She is in a "play group" at the OHS and loves interacting with other dogs. Maya is a vibrant pooch who will make a great companion for an active owner with a lot of love to spare. To learn more about Maya, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Welcome to “Inside the OHS!”

BuckyWelcome to our new blog (and our new website!).  Inside the OHS has been in development for a while and it certainly feels good to see its launch. 

Here at the blog, we’ll be aiming to add new, fresh content frequently. There’s a lot to discover about what we do! The blog will allow us to share all sorts of tidbits about the animals and our work — both here at the shelter and in the community. 

Some of the things you can expect to find here over the coming weeks and months:

  • Featured adoptable animals

  • On-going events

  • Behind-the-scenes photographs

  • Pet tips

  • A day-in-the-life look at various staff members and volunteers

Our new website has been a work in progress for quite some time as well. We’re hoping the new design will be easy and use and navigate. A big thank you to our new friends at Foil Media for sharing their talent (and patience!) during this design process.

So please enjoy the site and bear with us as we work out the kinks. Thanks for stopping by, and let us know what you think.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

OHS Pet of the Week: Teddy

Teddy A100286

Teddy (A100286) is a three year old neutered male Rottweiler / hound mix. He requires a confident owner with large breed experience. This handsome fellow needs daily exercise, continued socialization and obedience training. Teddy is best suited for a spacious household with older, sturdy kids who can participate in his training. To learn more about Teddy, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Ottawa man charged with cruelty against girlfriend’s cat

March 19, 2009
For immediate release

An Ottawa man faces three charges of animal cruelty after a cat belonging to his girlfriend needed emergency medical care for a fractured jaw and other head trauma.

Investigators from the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) charged David Cain, 38, following a lengthy investigation to determine the cause of the cat's injuries. The animal, a two-and-a-half-year-old black and caramel cat named Petunia, was brought to an Orleans veterinary clinic in October by the owner, Mr. Cain's girlfriend. The cat required care for a fractured jaw, trauma to the back of the mouth, and bruising around the eyes. A veterinary examination confirmed that the animal's injuries were the result of blunt force trauma to the head area, and not the result of an accident or fall. The cat underwent surgery to repair the jaw and was released. After consultation with the owner, staff reported their findings to the OHS investigations department.

"Sadly, animals are often defenceless victims in domestic disputes," said OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith.

When OHS investigators questioned the owner, she claimed that her boyfriend had caused the cat's injuries. The investigators eventually made contact with Mr. Cain at the end of November, where they were referred to his lawyer.

A meeting with Mr. Cain's lawyer took place in December, and following discussions with the Crown Attorney's office, OHS investigators proceeded with charges on February 23, 2009.

Mr. Cain is charged with three counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada, including causing an animal unnecessary pain, injury and suffering. He is expected to appear in court on March 30. Although Mr. Cain faces maximum penalties of a $10,000 fine or five years in prison, it's rare these sentences are handed out.

Although legally mandated to enforce the animal cruelty provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada, the OHS does not receive any government funding or funding from any animal welfare group to perform this essential work.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

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