Saskatchewan

3 teens charged after 5 dogs killed

Three teenagers have been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly beating five dogs to death on Cote First Nation in eastern Saskatchewan.
Three teenagers have been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly beating five dogs to death on Cote First Nation in eastern Saskatchewan.

The RCMP received a complaint in late June that dogs had been killed in the community of Badgerville on the reserve, about nine kilometres north of Kamsack.

According to the RCMP, five dogs owned by members of Cote First Nation had been beaten to death over a week. Police didn't say what was used to beat the dogs.

Two 13-year-olds and one 14-year-old, all boys, have been charged with cruelty to animals. Under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, they can't be named.

A fourth person who allegedly participated in the beatings is 10 years old and can't be charged.

The Kamsack RCMP said in investigating the case they received help from Cote Peacekeepers and numerous Cote First Nation residents.

The three teens have been released from police custody.

The 14-year-old will appear in court July 12, while the 13-year-olds will appear in court Aug. 16, police said.