Former dog groomer admits to animal abuse

Screengrab (with face pixelated by Calgary Sun) of an employee at a southwest Calgary, Alta dog...

Screengrab (with face pixelated by Calgary Sun) of an employee at a southwest Calgary, Alta dog grooming business. The video was taken by a former employee. The owner of the store is co-operating fully with the investigators. Handout/screengrab/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Kevin Martin, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

CALGARY - Former Calgary dog groomer Mariko Dormer was handed a $4,000 fine Tuesday after admitting causing distress to two canines under her care.

But the spokeswoman for animal rights group the DAISY Foundation said the fine, along with one year probation and a 10-year ban on working with pets, wasn't enough.

"We really thought she would get more," Heather Anderson said, after provincial court Judge Peter Barley accepted a joint Crown and defence recommendation.

"Animal abusers escalate to become people abusers," Anderson suggested.

Barley accepted submissions from defence counsel James Wyman and Crown prosecutor Gord Haight that a $4,000 fine for the first-offender would be sufficient punishment.


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