Man jailed 2 years for brutal beating of Breezy the dog

Breezy the black labrador-shepherd poses for a photo at the Ottawa Humane Society on Monday Feb 24,...

Breezy the black labrador-shepherd poses for a photo at the Ottawa Humane Society on Monday Feb 24, 2014. After a long recovery from a brutal attack, Breezy recovered and was adopted in the spring. Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency

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OTTAWA ─ The man who beat Breezy the dog and left it for dead got a two-year, four-month stretch behind bars on Thursday.

Steven Helfer, 24, bludgeoned the young dog almost to death in an October 2013 attack to get back at his alcoholic mother, who had left him all alone all summer.

"His actions towards Breezy are deplorable, barbaric and cruel," Judge Ann Alder said. "For Mr. Helfer, (Breezy) was at that moment simply an object upon which he violently unleashed his anger."

He got two years for the animal cruelty, significantly higher than the normal range of 90 days to nine months.

He got lesser, concurrent sentences for harassing his mother and assaulting neighbours who tried to intervene.

And he got an additional four months for an unrelated break-and-enter.

He has more than a year left to serve after the judge gave him 369 days of credit for his time in pre-sentence custody.


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