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