The owner of a pair of Pitbulls who were destroyed Sunday morning after attacking livestock on a property on Chuckwagon Trail in Forest Grove has come forward and is operating with police.
Staff-Sgt. Svend Nielsen said police were called to the property at about 1:21 a.m. by the homeowner, who heard his chickens being attacked. As the owner tried to investigate, he was charged by the two dogs who were allegedly killing birds in their coop, Nielsen said. The owner was not hurt during the incident.
Police remained on-site in an attempt to locate the dogs’ owner to help control the animals, but no one was located or would take ownership of the two terriers. The dogs, one tan in colour and the other brown, were described as extremely large American Staffordshire Terriers – or Pitbulls – weighing over 100 pounds each.
Nielsen said police continued to observe the dogs, who were aggressively seeking out the remaining livestock and also trying to gain access to a small barn, which had housed more animals.
With no other options, police killed the two animals, he said. Both animals were seized to examine further in an attempt to identify an owner, but the results had been negative. The dogs’ remains have since been returned to their owner, per their request.
100 Mile House RCMP thanks the community for information that was brought forward by the public regarding this unfortunate incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 100 Mile House RCMP at 250-395-2456 to speak with an officer or call BC Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) if they wish to remain anonymous. Please quote file 2020-4062.