Dog beaten and thrown in dumpster in Ottawa

Witnesses said they saw a young man beat a dog with a shovel and then carry it to this dumpster.

Ottawa police have charged an Ottawa man in connection to the beating of a dog in the Manor Park neighbourhood Wednesday.

Steven Helfer, 24, appeared in court Thursday and was charged with:

  • Injuring or endangering animals.
  • Wilfully causing unnecessary pain/suffering or injury to an animal.
  • Criminal harassment.
  • Intimidation.
  • Two counts of assault with a weapon.

Helfer was remanded into police custody.

Police said the Ottawa Humane Society is aiding the investigation.

Dog in critical condition, humane society says

Witnesses said they saw a man repeatedly kick the dog and beat it with a rake and shovel in front of a house at Barclay Road and Eastbourne Avenue.

The witnesses said the man then moved the animal in a wheelbarrow and threw it in a dumpster.

The dog, an 18-month-old female Labrador-Shepherd cross named Breezy, survived the night and is in stable but critical condition, the Ottawa Humane Society said.

Veterinarians said they are concerned about potential brain swelling and still aren't sure if the dog will survive.


  • Ottawa police released the incorrect spelling of the name of the man charged in connection to this case. The accused's name is Steven Helfer, not Steven Hefler.
    Oct 22, 2013 8:49 AM ET