Demand Tough Penalty for Repeat Animal Abuser


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.


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  1. paula eaton says:

    Maximum fines, jail time for both people. Ban them from being around animals. The cruelty to animals has to stop.

  2. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals.” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated… I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection of man from the cruelty of man.” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  3. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    Abuse is the ultimate betrayal towards any living soul and absolutely heartbreaking all the way around. You simply can not do such a horrific thing without it killing the best in you. Period. But in case there are any out there who couldn’t care less about torturing animals – which says a lot about you, as well – then think on this: If you find people happily willing to hurt an animal in any way, they are actually finding a venue to act out their deepest, most inner evil fantasies of twisted sickness. There’s nothing more revolting than that. Aside from this, it has been proven over and over again that people who have horrid intents with animals, get bored with them soon enough, ultimately leading them to bigger prey, moving up to people, in order to re-ignite and enhance the excitement that the torturing of animals used to provide. It’s simply never enough. And do not forget, these horrendous monsters also end up raising their children in “the game”, breeding evil, little sickos to continue on “the trade”… no doubt causing abuse in every level of their lives, as well. It’s just a revolting cycle that will never end until someone gets into it and breaks the heart-wrenching pattern. So, even if an animal is not of your utmost concern, then note that it will not stop there. It is just a start. And it is just a matter of time.

  4. Myrna Burdick says:

    Animals need protection, they are OUR responsibility
    to provide for their needs. Companion animals provide love and caring – but, they need us to do our part.
    This man, his girlfriend and the landlord are all
    guilty of this crime and should be held accountable
    No slap on the hand this time. Make their names known to all animal rescue organizations. Restrict
    them from ever having animals in their possession again.

  5. Kathleen Williams says:

    The heart of the problem is this: As long as other species are considered property from a legal standpoint, they have no inherent rights and as a consequence, they will always suffer. As long as the law recognizes a living, sentient being as it would a piece of furniture, no punishment will ever provide bona-fide justice.

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