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Man who beat Breezy the dog to be sentenced

The man who pleaded guilty to beating Breezy the Labrador/Shepherd cross is set to be sentenced today.

Breezy was beaten with a shovel and left for dead in a dumpster in Vanier back in October 2013.

It was a long road to recovery for the dog who captured the community's heart, but after several surgeries she was finally adopted out to a loving family in Gatineau.

The Crown wants 24-year-old Steven Helfer to serve just shy of the maximum five-year sentence.

They're asking for four years with a lifetime ban on owning animals, hoping to show the public this kind of abuse won't be tolerated.

Lawyers also argued animal abuse can lead to abuse of people.

Meantime the defence says the attack on Breezy was meant to cause emotional harm to Helfer's mother - they have a lengthy history of problems.

The defence is seeking two years with anger management therapy.

More than 115,000 people have signed a petition asking for Helfer to be handing the harshest possible sentence for his crimes.

It is unusual for a person convicted of animal cruelty to receive the maximum sentence.

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