Prince Rupert RCMP Shoot Dog Described as Aggressive

John Crawford
09/03/2019

Police in Prince Rupert say they were forced to shoot and kill a dog that was reportedly acting aggressively in Seal Cove on Friday morning.

Both the RCMP and the City issued news releases over the weekend, saying police were called by the city's bylaw officers at around 11:20 Friday morning, to help with a dog that was on the loose.

RCMP said that due to  the history of the dog attacking a member of the community and the dangerous and aggressive behaviour displayed during the interaction, they made the difficult and unfortunate decision to put the dog down, in order to protect the safety of community members.

The City of Prince Rupert offered condolences to the owners of the dog, saying the city staff and officials are also animal lovers and know that pets are like family -- and say the step to kill an animal is only taken in the most serious of circumstances.

The dog's owner, in a post on social media, called the shooting an "execution" of her dog.

In a message to CFTK TV News, Sofia Cardoso said the city has not reached out to her or her boyfriend to offer condolences, instead only making a public announcement, and the RCMP have offered little information to the couple.

The dog was in the care of a relative at the time of the incident, and Cardoso says she and her boyfriend feel disrespected by the city and the police at the lack of transparency.

The city and the RCMP have not responded to requests for an interview.

[Reported by Brittany Webster]


=== RCMP NEWS RELEASE ===
 

Aggressive Dog

Prince Rupert

2019-09-01 11:02 PDT

File # 2019-6679

 

A dog was shot and killed by Prince Rupert RCMP that was acting aggressively in the residential neighborhood of Seal Cove.

On August 30, 2019 at approximately 11:20AM the Prince Rupert RCMP assisted the Prince Rupert City Bylaw's with attempting to safely control a dog that was on the loose. The dog was acting in an aggressive manner toward the public and needed to be dealt with in order to protect the safety of the community.

"The Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a request to assist City Bylaws with a vicious dog. Based on the history of the dog attacking a member of the community and the dangerous and aggressive behaviour displayed during the interaction, police made the unfortunate decision to put the dog down, but it was necessary in order to maintain public safety, said Cpl. Alex Langley, Acting Operations NCO.

The Prince Rupert RCMP want to advise the public that this is not a decision that is taken lightly. This decision was made after extensive efforts to safely apprehend the animal became futile and the risk to the public became imminent.

Released by

Cpl. Devon James Gerrits

Watch Commander
Prince Rupert RCMP

100 6th Ave W, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 3Z3
Office: 250-627-0700


=== CITY OF PRINCE RUPERT NEWS RELEASE ===

City Responds to Police Incident Involving Dog


FACEBOOK POST: 
 

We would like to offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the owners of the dog killed by police on Friday following an at-large incident. We at the City are fellow animal lovers, and we know that pets are like family. The step to kill an animal is only taken in the most serious of circumstances, where the animal is considered to present an immediate danger to the public due to very aggressive behaviour. The City requested assistance in apprehending the animal after numerous failed attempts. It is our understanding that the decision made by the RCMP to kill the animal was made only out of necessity, and that it was not one that those involved took lightly.

Following the unfortunate incident, the City posted notification below (http://www.princerupert.ca/city_responds_police_incident_involving_dog_2019_08_30)  so that residents were aware of the reason shots were fired in the community. The information provided was limited to protect the privacy of the animal's owner.  



Fri, August 30, 2019

The City would like to provide notification to residents of an incident that occurred in the Seal Cove area between 10 am and 12 pm today. Police made the difficult decision to kill a designated dangerous dog that was at large, behaving very aggressively, and which after many attempts could not be apprehended safely. This is a step only taken in the most serious of circumstances, where an animal is considered to present an immediate danger to the public.

"The Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a request to assist City Bylaws with a vicious dog. Based on the history of the dog attacking a member of the community and the dangerous and aggressive behaviour displayed during the interaction, police made the unfortunate decision to put the dog down, but it was necessary in order to maintain public safety,” said Cpl. Alex Langley, Acting Operations NCO, RCMP.

Our sympathies are with the owners. This was a decision made by the RCMP out of necessity, and was not one taken lightly.

The RCMP has now provided a media release on the incident as well: http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2087&languageId=1&contentId=61235

 

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