Breezy the dog makes first public appearance
Published Monday, November 4, 2013 5:06PM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 4, 2013 6:26PM EST
After being beaten with a shovel and left for dead in a dumpster last month, Breezy the dog made her first public appearance at the Ottawa Humane Society Monday.
“Her personality's really starting to come out now,” said executive director Bruce Roney. “She's friendly, she's affectionate, she likes to play, and she’s bonded with a lot of our staff."
Breezy suffered horrific injuries in the attack, including broken ribs, teeth, facial lacerations and a cracked skull. Veterinarians are not sure if they will be able to save her eye which was extremely damaged.
24-year-old Steven Helfer of Ottawa has been charged with a number of offences in connection to this incident including two counts of assault with a weapon and willfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal.
Nearly 100,000 people have signed a petition called “Justice for Breezy” which is calling for harsher punishments for people convicted of animal cruelty.
Roney says hundreds of people have contacted the Ottawa Humane Society about adopting Breezy, but add that it will take about two months before Breezy is ready to be adopted.
With a report from CTV’s Katie Griffin