Report animal cruelty incidents: RCMP
Call the authorities if your animal is being threatened or injured
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 06:00 am
If your animal is harmed or threatened by someone, contact the RCMP – even if you don’t know who the perpetrator is.
Last week, the Gazette received and printed a letter from a St. Albert resident whose cat has been shot by a BB gun or pellet gun five different times.
“We need to know if these kinds of things are happening,” said Cpl. Laurel Kading of the St. Albert RCMP.
Such behaviour could be indicative of a bigger issue, Kading said.
Even if the owner has no idea who is hurting the animal, the RCMP need to be able to track patterns, Kading said.
Kading said some people might get frustrated if animals are running at large, but there are laws in place to protect animals, she said.
“You should not take things into your own hands.”
Using a BB or pellet gun to chase the roaming animal off isn’t acceptable, Kading said.
“It isn’t harmless and it’s not okay to do.”
Kading said there are better ways to deal with issues of roaming animals such as talking to the neighbour that owns the pet.
Stu Fraser, peace officer program supervisor for the city, noted that cats’ movements are not regulated by the current municipal animal bylaw or the new version that is effective as of September.
“There was a conscious decision after the consultation and the whole review process to not regulate cat behaviour,” he said.
While calls from owners about threats or harm to their own animals should go to the police, Fraser said calls about owners mistreating their animals – like leaving them in a hot car – are often directed to municipal enforcement.
“The benefit in St. Albert is if you have any concern that you want reported about animals, the complaint should go to the same phone number, the 780-458-7700, and the emergency communications operators at the detachment will make sure the proper authority gets advised of that,” Fraser said.
Dianne McDonald, the pet owner whose cat has been shot, said she hopes people will talk to their neighbours about pet behaviour concerns before resorting to violence towards the animal.
“Contact the owner instead of taking things into your own hands,” she said.