October 8, 2009
For immediate release
The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is disappointed and discouraged with the lenient sentence handed out Tuesday against a man who killed a cat with a shovel, after he claimed it stole a steak from his barbecue.
Daniel Bordeau, 63, of Marionville, was convicted in court on Oct. 6 of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal. In June of 2007, witnesses said they saw Mr. Bordeau strike the cat, a gray-and-white shorthair multiple times in the driveway of his home with the head of a wooden shovel handle. Mr. Bordeau admitted in court that the cat died, though its body was never recovered.
OHS inspectors originally charged Mr. Bordeau in 2007. Due to the severity of the crime, the OHS had hoped for a maximum sentence under the Criminal Code of Canada, and asked the court to impose a prohibition to prevent Mr. Bordeau from ever owning animals again. The court declined the request, and instead ordered Mr. Bordeau to pay a one-time fine of $500.
While the OHS is happy Mr. Bordeau will be left with a criminal conviction on his record, it’s concerned the light sentence doesn’t send a strong message to animal abusers.
“This was an incredibly brutal and heinous act against a defenceless animal,” said OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith. “While we’re pleased the court saw fit to convict, we’re extremely frustrated the sentence didn’t go far enough. Crimes against animals just aren’t taken seriously enough in our community.”
Mr. Bordeau still has animals in his possession and without a sentence that restricts or disallows contact with, or ownership of these animals, the OHS is concerned for their safety.
“We’ve already seen what happens when an animal and Mr. Bordeau’s temper combine,” said Smith. “One animal has already suffered at the hands of this man, and we don’t want others to experience the same fate.”
Although legally mandated to enforce the animal cruelty provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada and the Ontario SPCA Act, the OHS does not receive any government funding or funding from any animal welfare group to perform this essential work.
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