Mounties investigate St. Bernard shooting
Crown to decide on whether or not charges will be laid
An ongoing conflict between neighbours was the prelude last month to a dog shooting east of Saskatoon — and now the RCMP are involved.
The case involves the Price family and their next-door neighbours in the Rural Municipality of Grant, the Krawchucks.
The Prices say they moved from England to an acreage in Saskatchewan looking for peace and quiet, but didn't find it.
Police were called several times over allegations of suspicious and threatening activity, but no charges were ever laid.
"You could always sort of feel tension in the air, everywhere," Michael Price told CBC News. "It didn't matter whether we were driving out, walking out, walking with the dogs or anything like that."
Mounties called to property
Police were called again April 11 when the Price's eight-month-old St. Bernard was shot dead after running onto the Krawchuck property.
The Prices say their 16-year-old daughter had tried to retrieve the dog.
"To be honest, it was utter despair on my part, and when I stood over the dog, I just felt so sorry for the dog," Price said.
"I felt so sorry for putting my daughter through that. I am the one who brought them out here and I just wish I could turn back the clock."
The Krawchucks and their lawyer won't comment on what happened.
Situation tense, neighbours say
Meanwhile, tension is spreading in the community.
The incident was raised at a recent community meeting. Other neighbours have told CBC they're worried the situation could get even worse.
"I believe that there is a mixture of fear, of tension, of shock, and in some ways apathy," said Teresa Untereiner, who lives near both families. "People are unsure of what they can do, so they don't do anything."
Saskatoon RCMP say they have completed their investigation and the case information has been sent to the Crown prosecutor's office.
Prosecutors are now looking at whether or not charges will be laid.
With files from CBC's Madeline Kotzer