LOCH LOMOND Kat Findlay doesn’t understand the mentality of someone who would injure cats and leave the animals to suffer.
The member of Scaredy Cat Rescue in Port aux Basques was referring to an incident that took place Friday when a resident of Loch Lomond in the Codroy Valley reported to the RCMP that three of her cats appeared to have been shot with a pellet gun.
Police said in a report that two of the cats were shot in the paw and the third was shot in its neck area.
Const. April Janes of the Port aux Basques RCMP said on Monday that there was no new information on the file, which is now closed. She said police didn’t hear back from the owner of the cats, so they believe the cats must be doing OK.
But police are still requesting the assistance of the general public in locating the individual or individuals responsible. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers or the Port aux Basques RCMP at 695-2149.
Janes said under the Animal Health and Protection Act and the Criminal Code of Canada it is illegal to cause unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Findlay said she was glad to hear the RCMP are following through on this complaint and seem to be willing to do something. She said until recently it seemed any reports of negligence or abuse wasn’t being followed through mostly because police weren’t familiar enough with the new laws on the books.
She said there have been several incidents since the group started up a year ago, and she hopes this is a sign the police are taking these incidents seriously.
“I’m hoping people start to realize that this type of behaviour is not only criminal but people aren’t going to put up with it anymore and let that kind of stuff happen within their communities,” Findlay said.
She is hoping the police find out who did it. She feels bad for the lady and said hopefully her cats are OK.