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Animal cruelty alleged

Kelowna RCMP are investigating a case of animal endangerment in rural Rutland.

“Residents of a home in the 1600 block of Loseth Road advised police that they believe someone is responsible for the death and injury of domesticated animals on their property,” said Const. Steve Holmes.

They reported their horse had chemical burn marks on its upper body and that this was the second time in a week that chemical burns were discovered.

Police searched the area that the horse had access to and did not find any possible source of the chemical, leading them to believe it was a deliberate act.

“Police were advised that, three months ago, the owners discovered their dog dead on the property and a vet confirmed that it had been poisoned,” he said.

“One month ago, they found one of their goats was dead from a wound to the eye, believed to have been caused by a projectile, possibly a bullet.”

Holmes said the owners do not know why someone would want to kill and maim their animals and say they have no enemies.

The offence of killing, injuring or endangering an animal is a breach of Section 445 of the Criminal Code and carries a maximum punishment of up to five years in prison.

If anyone has any information concerning any of these incidents, please contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or crimestoppers@shaw.ca.

 

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