That’s what the owners of six dogs who died of heat stroke after they were allegedly left in their walker’s truck are hoping for, as they learn the BC SPCA is recommending charges of animal cruelty.
Eric Ortner, who lost his dog Buddy, wants to see tougher animal cruelty laws.
He says “people are getting away with murder.”
“The way our laws are written right now with our judges, they tend to be pretty lenient, I personally think she is just going to get a fine or community service or something like that, but I would definitely like to see some jail time.”
Clayton Forester, whose pit bull puppy Mia died, says jail time is warranted.
“I hope she gets charged, and I hope she serves time. Having to live day by day with this, she’s been serving time since the day it happened.”
Owner Paul Grant says his family is just beginning the grieving process as they receive their dog Oscar’s ashes this week.
“I don’t know how you put a value on what she’s done to us, the only thing we can truly hope out of this, is she is put in a position where she can’t care for another living and breathing animal.”
Grant says he would like to see the courts impose a lifetime ban on owning animals.
“I have no idea what (jail term) would be long enough, for some people it would have been just a dog, for us we didn’t have children, he was our only child. So that’s a matter of perspective but we can only hope she is put in a position where she can no longer hurt anybody else.”
Ortner says an event is being planned in memory of the Brookswood six.
“We are planning some sort of a memorial service, maybe a candle light vigil, or a day where we just release some biodegradable balloons in memory of the dogs that lost their lives. We aren’t sure when it’s going to be yet, but we are starting to talk about it.”
Several charges of animal cruelty have been recommended against Emma Paulsen by the BC SPCA.
It could be weeks until Crown Counsel determines if charges are warranted.
Paulsen initially told police the dogs were stolen from her truck May 13th in Langley.
Their carcasses were later found in an Abbotsford ditch.