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Sunday, Jul 31, 2005
Defendant/Suspect: Pascale Hamonic
Major depression played a role in a former city woman's decision to mistreat her dog, a court noted.
But in fining Pascale Hamonic $1,500 and prohibiting her from owning pets for two years, Judge Gary Cioni said her mental state didn't excuse her behaviour.
And the provincial court judge said Hamonic's severe remorse for not properly caring for her pet -- leaving the canine outside and not providing it proper food or water -- didn't either.
"Saying I'm sorry after a period of carelessness, or recklessness ... is usually not enough," Cioni said. "I don't intend to relieve Miss Hamonic of her human obligation to an animal under her control," he said.
Hamonic, who now resides in Toronto, plans to take a lengthy trip to Oman, where her parents live, in three months before returning to Calgary.
Hamonic, 21, earlier pleaded guilty to a charge under the provincial Animal Protection Act of causing distress to an animal.
She admitted leaving her pooch on her balcony over a two-week period in the summer of 2005, without providing the dog with sufficient food or water.