Monday September 01, 2014

Police seek clues to track down dogs' shooter

'It's a tough one. Your heart gets involved,' investigating officer says

Barriere RCMP are looking for witnesses who might have seen a vehicle or a person linked to the shooting deaths of two family dogs earlier this week.

Const. Jesse Wilkins said Friday the dogs were found Wednesday morning on a neighbour's property. One was dead, the other suffered from a shot in the spine and had probably been lying wounded for 22 to 24 hours.

The dogs' owner, Mike Griffith, took the surviving dog to the vet but the severity of injuries was so bad he had it euthanized.

"To think someone would do this to an animal and just leave it," said Wilkins, who has dogs himself.

"It's a tough one. Your heart gets involved."

The dogs were last seen at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Griffith's property near Knouff Lake. They were discovered, dead and injured, a day later on the neighbour's land.

Wilkins said the owner and the neighbour have had a good relationship and there haven't been any problems with the dogs in the past.

He has a person of interest in the case but would like anyone who might have seen a vehicle or anything else linked to the case to come forward.

Anyone with information can call Wilkins at the Barriere RCMP detachment, 250-672-9918 or, to be anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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