Sentencing under way for man who attacked dog with shovel

The 24-year-old man who pleaded guilty to attacking Breezy the dog is before a judge for a sentencing hearing.

Lawyers will argue what kind of punishment will be handed down for Steven Helfer.

Steven Helfer's defence lawyer is going through his client's history and the psychiatric evaluation done earlier this year by court order.

Helfer has a learning disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, low frustration tolerance, impulsivity and severe anger issues according to the evaluation but he still has empathy for some people and some animals.

The psychiatrist found Helfer's anger was directed at his mother the day he attacked Breezy the dog with a shovel and kicked her with steel toed boots on.

The doctor ruled he was experiencing an overwhelming aggressive impulse he couldn't control and took it out on the nearest object - which just happened to be Breezy.

Helfer's lawyer is asking for the judge to keep the sentence in line with other cases of animal abuse and says rehabilitation should be part of the sentence.

Breezy spent months in recovery at the Ottawa Humane Society and was adopted out to a Gatineau couple in March.

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