Thursday, August 30, 2007

Port Edward shocked by brutal animal killings

Somewhere in Port Edward somebody knows the identity of the cowardly and rather sick person or persons, who left the mutilated bodies of two young cats in the middle of Skeena Drive in the town on Friday night.

The obscene act of unconscionable cruelty has shocked local residents both in Port Edward and in Prince Rupert who no doubt are wondering what makes someone commit such an heinous act.

The Prince Rupert RCMP are investigating the incident and would like anyone with information to come forward and aid in the their investigation.

The Daily News had the sordid story on their front page in Wednesday's paper.

Sickening cat attacks cause revulsion
By Kris Schumacher
The Daily News
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Page one

In what appears to be a horrendous act of animal cruelty, two young adult cats were found mutilated and killed in the middle of Skeena Drive in Port Edward.

The cats were brutally killed at night on Fri., Aug. 24, and after notifying RCMP, the remains were brought to the Prince Rupert SPCA by the District of Port Edward.

If convicted, an offender of animal cruelty could face up to six months in prison and/or a $2,000 fine. Additionally, they could face a lifetime ban from owning any animals.

"Individuals who commit such acts need to be held accountable," said Ann Ferguson, Community Chair for the SPCA.

"While the penalty does not come close to reflecting the heinous nature of the crime, we would still like to see the people responsible held accountable."

The Prince Rupert SPCA is asking for the assistance from the community to find the culprit(s).
Anyone with information is asked to call the SPCA at 624-2859, or if they would like to remain anonymous, tipsters can leave a message on the answering machine after hours.

"I was quite upset when I first heard about it on the weekend, and I hope police are able to find who did this, although I don't know how they will unless someone comes forward," said Mayor of Port Edward David MacDonald.

"We're hoping someone will come forward and help the police, because there's a lot of people upset about this."

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