A Canadian man has been charged with the murder of his pet dog, police in Calgary said.
Key points:A Calgary man said he shot his dog in the head with a shotgun to protect his family and friendWhen the dog died, the man’s friend tried to save itBut the dog was dead and the man was charged with murderThe Calgary Sun reports the man is a licensed hunter who shot the dog with a hunting shotgun in order to protect the family and friends of his brother and sister-in-law, and the friend’s two young children.
The animal was shot and killed by a family member, police said, but did not say what type of weapon was used or where it was found.
“This is a very tragic and difficult case for our city, for our province and for the people of Alberta,” said Const.
Mark Haines, a spokesman for the Calgary Police Service.
“We are deeply saddened and deeply shocked by the tragic death of a dog.
It was a beloved member of our family and was a valued member of Calgary’s community.”
The family members were home at the time and saw the dog being shot, the police said.
They called the police and reported the incident to the Alberta SPCA, but the dog had been shot.
“The SPCF responded to the scene and the dog’s owner was interviewed by police,” Hainens said.
“When the SPCM (Shelter) arrived at the scene, the dog, in distress, was bleeding profusely from the nose, and had a large gash across its back, which was not the normal pattern for a dog.”‘
A lot of emotions’A neighbour called 911, who was later released without charges.
“He said he saw the animal, but could not see the face,” Hains said.
“I have to say, it was a lot of tears, a lot.
He said he had to stop the crying because he knew what the dog looked like.”
Police later said the dog belonged to a member of the same family and that it had been injured in the attack.
“In order to ensure the safety of the dog and its family members, police officers fired multiple shots into the dog,” the police statement said.
It said the gun used was a hunting rifle.
“Police officers also retrieved the hunting rifle and are conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death of the animal.”
The dog’s body was recovered from the property by Calgary Fire Services.