Ottawa dog beater denies threatening his mother

Breezy, the 18-month-old female Labrador-Shepherd that was found severely beaten and left for dead...

Breezy, the 18-month-old female Labrador-Shepherd that was found severely beaten and left for dead in a Manor Park dumpster Oct. 16, 2013 is on the mend according to Ottawa Humane Society officials. OHS photo

Megan Gillis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 PM ET

OTTAWA — The man who savagely beat his dog Breezy with a shovel before leaving her for dead in a dumpster pleaded guilty Friday to maiming her, brandishing the rake at two women who tried to stop him and criminally harassing his mother.

But Steven Helfer, 24, denied stomping a chinchilla and her litter of babies to death because the newborns' noises annoyed him, killing and skinning half-a-dozen pet rats or threatening to get a meat cleaver and do the same to his mom.

The Crown will attempt to prove those allegations to make its case on sentencing at a hearing to be held Jan. 15, prosecutor Tara Dobec told a judge Friday. Helfer also undergo a psychiatric assessment.

The facts heard by Judge Ann Alder are chilling


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