Friday, March 19, 2010

OHS welcomes another guilty plea in animal cruelty case of injured husky

March 19, 2010
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is welcoming another guilty plea in an animal cruelty case involving a young husky that was thrown against a table, resulting in serious and permanent injuries for the animal.

On March 18, Amr El Bardawil, 19, and Hamoun Mahabadi, also 19, both pled guilty to causing distress to and failing to provide adequate care and medical attention to a three-year-old husky called Faith. Mr. Bardawil was charged on Jan. 28 after he admitted to picking up the dog after it urinated on the floor of his apartment, and throwing it approximately six feet in the air, after which it landed on a coffee table.

Mr. Mahabadi was also charged, after he took the dog from Mr. Bardawil's apartment, and kept it in his garage for approximately 48 hours before taking the dog to a veterinarian. The dog was subsequently turned over to the OHS after Mr. Mahabadi refused to pay for treatment.

When Faith arrived at the OHS, she was unable to walk or stand, and had severe difficulty in moving her head and neck. She received immediate attention to ease her pain, and was then moved to OHS foster care where she was regularly monitored and treated by a veterinarian. She will have life-long balance and walking issues as a result of the nerve damage she sustained in the attack.

Mr. Bardawil was sentenced to a $1,000 fine and a five-year prohibition on owning animals, having care, custody or control of them, or living with any animal. Mr. Mahabadi received a $250 fine.

"This was one of the most disturbing cases we've ever dealt with," said OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith. "Unfortunately, the animal involved will never be able to function normally again, but yesterday's guilty pleas do provide some justice for her."

Faith has since been adopted into a new and loving home, with owners who will be able to care for her on-going needs and care.

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.

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

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