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An ear for an ear for animal abuser

A.K.'s former owner has one chewed off in Windsor Jail altercation

Craig Pearson

Windsor Star

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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CHATHAM - Rony Salman, the Windsor man who earned media attention and jail time for cutting off the ears of A.K. the dog, has had some of his ear chewed off at Windsor Jail -- and has been transferred out of town.

"He was involved in an altercation at the jail and he had part of his ear bitten off by another inmate," said Windsor police Insp. Cliff Lovell, noting that the report does not list any further detail on the injury. "I can't give you the other inmate's name because there are no charges being laid. There's no complainant.

"But the jail is required to make a report because there was an altercation between a couple of inmates."

Stuart McGetrick, spokesman for the Ontario ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, said Tuesday he cannot comment on individual cases but said serious assaults are uncommon. He said 4,300 inmate-on-inmate assaults were recorded in Ontario prisons the last fiscal year, but that the overwhelming majority are minor, such as pushing.

McGetrick said when serious assaults occur, the correctional system will often move inmates to protect them from further injury.

"If we're talking about larger institutions then we may move an inmate to a different unit within the institution," he said. "Or we may decide that the best course of action is to move an inmate to another institution."

The ear-biting incident happened on Remembrance Day, according to the jail report. Salman has since been transferred to Chatham Jail -- an old, grey-stone structure topped with razor wire -- where he declined on Tuesday to meet with a Star reporter.

Salman is serving time for a burglary earlier this year in South Windsor.

Previously, Salman was sentenced May 26 to three months after pleading guilty to three counts of animal cruelty, wilfully causing pain to an animal, causing unnecessary pain to a dog by not seeking veterinary attention and failure to provide care for -- and wilful neglect of -- a domestic animal.

The six-month-old mixed-breed puppy was seized from Salman's Sandwich Street apartment on May 11, 2007. The dog has since been adopted and has a new name.

Salman was also placed on probation and cannot own an animal for two years, the maximum prohibition under the law, and must pay $587.50 in restitution to the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society.

Scot Wortley, who teaches at the University of Toronto's Centre for Criminology, said while sex offenders and pedophiles are the most at risk of prison justice, other criminals could face violence, as well -- especially if their case received media coverage.

"I don't know the details of this case. Maybe this guy's just a Mike Tyson fan," Wortley said. "But it sounds eerily similar to what was done to the dog, so you would have to explore that possibility.

"There's a code of honour among criminals and they rank people who prey on children, who prey on women, who prey on the defenceless -- and maybe a dog, I don't know -- as worse."

PRISON 101

Admissions in Ont. prisons yearly: 80,000

Average daily population: 8,700

Inmate-on-inmate assaults (mostly minor): 4,300

Source: Ont. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

© The Windsor Star 2008

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