Fort St. John RCMP responds to stolen dog concerns

first_imgAnyone who witnesses animal cruelty can also contact the SPCA. Their animal cruelty hotline is 1 855 622 7722. Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the three dogs were reported stolen February 20 – February 22, 2015, and on March 5, 2015 one of the dogs was found dead from a gunshot wound. The other two dogs have not been recovered.The investigation into the two missing dogs, an 18-month-old pitbull and a 6-year-old tanned and black English Mastiff, remains active.“Missing animal files are always difficult for the police to solve,” Cpl. Shelkie writes. “These cases are especially hard when the missing dogs live in an area where they have not been fenced or tied up.”- Advertisement -Cpl. Shelkie adds, “If there is any evidence left behind then we can determine where the dog might be or what happened to it.”An example, according to Cp. Shelkie, is if an owner comes home to find their dog that was tied up or left in a fenced yard is gone.“Police investigators will have an indication of where the dog was taken from and can look for tire tracks, footprints or signs of predators,” Cpl. Shelkie goes on to explain. “But if a dog roams the property then there is no starting point to look for evidence.”Advertisement If you have any information regarding these missing dogs, contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250 787 8100. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.In another case Cpl. Shelkie refers to as “an unrelated but corresponding file,” a 63-year-old Fort St. John resident was arrested on March 7, 2015 for assaulting his dog.Cpl. Shekie says a witness reported to police they saw a man hitting his dog beside a local area road, and later supplied a description of the man, the dog and the licence plate of his car.The RCMP is requesting a charge of animal cruelty while the dog is now in the care of the SPCA.Advertisementlast_img

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