The Lloydminster and District SPCA would like to bring awareness to a situation involving multiple instances where a person or persons has been killing dogs and leaving them to be found by the unsuspecting public.
The most recent case, which took place sometime last week, saw a woman find a dog west of the ATCO pipeline facility, south of the intersection at 59 Avenue and 12 Street. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said in an email to the SPCA that the dog had been shot and left on the road.
“My main concern is I just want the public to be aware of the situation that is going on,” said Nadine Graham, executive director of the Lloydminster and District SPCA.
“In this instance you have dogs being shot down the road. They’re calling the SPCA for help. We really can’t help them at this point, but the only thing I think we can do is bring awareness to the situation.”
This is the second such instance Graham has been confronted with since she started working in Lloydminster. The first case took place in November where a person found a Rubbermaid container dumped on their property that had a puppy inside that was “basically shot execution style.”
“The owner (of the land) found it on his property. They called the police and they brought it here (to the SPCA) to see if we could microchip it, to see if there was an owner involved,” said Graham.
The woman who reported the most recent case also said in her email to the SPCA that the police had a file open on a dog that had been poisoned near Jaycee Park.
The SPCA feels that the nature of these occurrences show that these weren’t just strays or pets that became problematic but “pure acts of violence.”
Graham said her organization doesn’t have the legal backing or authority to investigate these cases and that there’s only so much they can do. She feels if awareness is brought to the situation and people get together as a community then they can move forward and get more done in putting a stop this kind of animal cruelty.
“This is bothering a lot of people and they’re coming to us and asking us for help, you know, ‘We’re finding these animals, what can we do?’ And my whole thing is to bring light to it. If you’re going to start a challenge or a fight against animal cruelty here, it can’t just be us alone. It has to be everybody.”
Const. Grant Kirzinger, of the Lloydminster RCMP, said a file has been created for the dog that was found near the ATCO pipeline facility but the case will be handled by a detachment just outside of town.
He said if convicted, the persons responsible could face an animal cruelty charge with a penalty of a $6,000 fine or six months in jail.