Torture case leads to big boost for animal welfare in Canada

The sad case of a dog and cat that were abused to death in Calgary, Alta. now has a silver lining.

About $70,000 raised to find the person responsible for Jan. 2014 killings of a husky named Shadow and a cat named One-Tooth will be divided among a number of animal welfare agencies.

  • $20,000 to Calgary Humane Society for equipment, technology and training to help in animal cruelty investigations
  • $24,000 to Canadian Federation of Humane Societies to assist in funding of the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty, aimed at providing more resources to prosecute abuse cases.

A year ago, the bodies of a husky and a cat were found emaciated, abused and with their muzzles taped shut in a Calgary alleyway.



The public outrage prompted Greg Habstritt of Vets To Go to start fundraising for tips. But the reward money was never handed out as police zeroed in a suspect, who was arrested in May.

Nicolino Camardi has since pleaded guilty, is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation and is set to return to court Feb. 26.


The Calgary Humane Society said it spent about $5,000 to help crack the case through forensic and DNA testing, according to the Calgary Sun. The new injection of cash will come in handy as the organization continues to work on prosecuting cases of abuse.

“It’s very expensive,” the group’s spokesman Philip Fulton said.

Photos Calgary Humane Society

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