Chase RCMP and BCSPCA are investigating, the shooting and improper disposal of a dog in a recreational area near Celista.
Early on March 20 morning in the Crowfoot Mountain Snowmobile Club parking lot, sledder Jay Foster reported that a friend had found the male bulldog or bulldog cross with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
Chase RCMP soon received a report that an unknown individual(s) dumped the body of a medium sized shorthaired dog.
Chase RCMP contacted the BCSPCA in order for the appropriate provincial agency to investigate the matter, noted Cpl. Dan Moskaluk in a post on the Chase detachment website.
Police said the dog was not tortured.
Foster later posted photos to Facebook, noting the dog had no identifying tattoos and looked healthy.
According to provincial legislation, an owner can legally shoot his own dog or property owners can shoot dogs who are menacing people or livestock as long as it’s done in a humane manner.
Because the incident appears to have taken place on Crown land, the investigation will remain active.
Meanwhile, Foster created an online Go Fund Me account to raise funds to help pay for the SPCA’s investigation into the incident. Dedicating the fundraising campaign to the “Memory of Oskar.”
“Oskar was found shot and deceased in the Crowfoot Parking lot in Celista, B.C. and left for the World to see,” says Foster on his post, which as of yesterday morning had raised $160 of the $5,000 target. “Thanks to the BC-SPCA there is an ongoing investigation into his death and hopefully through our support someone will be held responsible … But this work does come at a cost and even though we have not offered a cent, the SPCA is going to help bring Oskar some justice and the more dignified ending he deserved.”
Those who wish to donate to the cause may do so at www.gofundme.com/dsvdve6k.