Jimmy Marchand will be spending four months in jail. He just pleaded guilty to both negligence and the beating of two puppies. This jail time for the Quebec Eastern Townships resident is purported to be one of the stiffest sentences meted out for an animal cruelty case in Canada.
It was necessary for the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) to go to Marchand’s home in Quebec on two different occasions due to reported problems. Each time, the SPA had to remove a puppy due to apparent abuse. One little dog was so beat up that it was euthanized.
Humane Society International representative Ewa Damianovitch thinks that this sentence is good but it could still have bee better. Damianovitch said,
Considering how the Criminal Code is written and how old it is — it hasn't been updated since 1892 — it is a good sentencing. In Quebec, the harshest sentencing for animal abuse was six months jail time, a lifetime prohibition of owning animals, a fine and probation as well.
Another representative of the SPA, Cathy Bergeron, said she is hopeful that people’s behaviors might change in lieu of the Marchand’s conviction once the understand that they will be sentenced to jail if they hurt animals.
Lesli Bisgould, a lawyer and an animal rights expert, has frequently stated the difficulties involved in getting offenders sentenced in these kinds of cases.
Unless you have eyewitnesses who are willing to see it through, there are already limitations that prevent charges from moving along.
She said animal cruelty is treated more seriously in her country since Canada fully understands “violence against animals is sometimes a precursor to violence against people.”
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