Investigation into shot dogs progresses
A police investigation into the shooting of three family pets by a dogcatcher in northern Saskatchewan is about to be turned over to prosecutors to determine if any charges are merited.
According to the RCMP, the file will be given to the Crown "within the next week or so."
The three dogs — Robine, Hood and Aiden — were shot last fall in Buffalo Narrows. Their owner, Nadia Persaud, questioned why her dogs weren't caught and held for 72 hours as outlined in Saskatchewan's stray animal law.
Persaud said she thinks the problem is that municipalities and officials aren't complying with the law.
"I really feel that if these laws were followed, if these acts were actually understood and followed, I'd still have my dogs right now," Persaud said.
She added that she was pleased the matter was being followed up by police.
"I'm very happy that it's gone to a point where it hasn't been forgotten," she told CBC News Wednesday. "When I spoke to the lead investigator, I made it clear to him I would be speaking to him on a weekly basis ... so he knew from the beginning I was going to be diligent on my part."
The RCMP emphasized that no charges have been laid to date in this investigation.
According to Persaud, her dogs were wearing collars and tags when they escaped from a fenced area while she was visiting friends.
Persaud and her partner spent a day looking for the animals before going to the RCMP detachment where they were told that the dogcatcher may have shot them.
She found their bodies under garbage at the landfill.
Stray dogs are often a problem in northern communities and there have been reports of attacks on children. Some communities have passed bylaws that allow them to shoot dangerous dogs.
The mayor of Buffalo Narrows told CBC News, after the dogs were shot, that the village of about 1,100 people doesn't have the money or resources to catch dogs and hold them.
Buffalo Narrows is about 500 kilometres north of Saskatoon.
(With files from The Canadian Press and CBC's David Shield)