Justice for Oreo the Cat
To: Crown Counsel and sentencing Judge in the Provincial Court of British Columbia
We the undersigned respectfully request that Crown Counsel recommend to the judge the maximum sentence available under the law and that, if Seidel is found guilty of the crime, the honourable sentencing Judge in the Provincial Court of British Columbia apply the maximum sentence available for this offence.
We also request that the court, in accordance with Section 447.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, “make an order prohibiting the accused from owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird” for the rest of his lifetime.
PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE PETITION – "JUSTICE FOR OREO"
(CAT ALLEGEDLY STRANGLED TO DEATH BARE-HANDED AND LEFT IN A DUMPSTER BY HIS/HER "OWNER" STEVEN SEIDEL)
BACKGROUND REGARDING OFFENCE:
In Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, on March 14, 2013, a tip from the public led the BC SPCA to an apartment building where the lifeless body of a cat was discovered in a dumpster.
The black and white cat, named Oreo, was owned by Steven Seidel, who has been charged with one count of "causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to an animal" under the Criminal Code of Canada as well as two counts of "causing an animal to continue to be in distress" under the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
If convicted, Seidel faces up to 18 months in jail and/or a $10,000 fine on the federal charge or up to 2 years in jail and a fine of up to $75,000 on the provincial charge.
BC SPCA Constable Kokoska made the following statement about Oreo's case: "Clearly, when you have a family pet that meets its demise at the hands of its caretaker, its last minutes knowing fear, that would be a horrific way to die," he said. "Incidents, all ranges of neglect and abuse, these things happen. But, to die literally at the hands of your caregiver — it is very rare."
Please sign and share this petition to Crown Counsel and the judge to get justice for Oreo.
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