09/16/2014 05:55 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:54 EDT

Calgary man accused of abusing animals will remain in jail; bail denied

CALGARY - A Calgary man accused of torturing and killing a dog and a cat after obtaining the animals online was denied bail in court Tuesday.

Nicolino Ivano Camardi, who is 19, was arrested in May at his family's home and faces charges of wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal.

He is scheduled to return to court Oct. 2.

The Calgary Humane Society began investigating in January when a starved dog was found dead with tape around its muzzle.

A dead cat was found in the same area a week later with green painter's tape covering most of its face.

The animals had been physically abused and starved to death.

Camardi has been in custody since his arrest.

Heather Anderson from the Daisy Foundation, a group that fights for stiffer penalties for animal abusers and aids in the rescue of abused animals, said she was pleased the judge is keeping Camardi in custody.

A psychiatric examination has found Camardi fit to stand trial on animal abuse charges.

A reward fund set up to catch the person behind the killings raised more than $75,000.

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