August 28, 2014 12:09 pm

Calgary woman sentenced to 60 days behind bars for dog abuse

CALGARY – A Calgary woman has been sentenced to 60 days behind bars for abusing a Chihuahua.

Witnesses say the accused threw the Chihuahua off a second-floor balcony into a fence, and then again over the fence.

The incident injured the small dog, named Chewy.

“Criminal Code charges were warranted here due to the violent nature of the crime,” said Brad Nichols, Man­ager, Animal Cruelty Investigations with Calgary Humane Society. “Incarceration reflects the concerning nature of the offense and the prohibition will ensure that future animals are spared similar fates.”

Thankfully, the Humane Society says Chewy was able to be rehabilitated and adopted into a new, safe home.

Valerie Penny, 52, pleaded guilty to willfully causing unnecessary pain, suf­fering or injury to an animal.

She has been sentenced to 60 days incarceration, six months probation and a 10 year prohibition from owning or caring for animals.

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