Animals injured, killed near Altona
This is a most disturbing story, that gets me to question humanity.
How could this happen?
Here’s the story:
Warning: This story contains graphic images
A dog that suffered a large burn that went through its fur and muscle had to be euthanized.A dog that suffered a large burn that went through its fur and muscle had to be euthanized. (RCMP)The RCMP are investigating a gruesome case involving several animals in southwest Manitoba that have been injured, mutilated and in some cases, killed.
The case is so disturbing and strange, the RCMP have turned to the public to ask for help in solving the mystery.
On March 5, RCMP were called to a veterinary clinic in the Rural Municipality of Rhineland, near Altona, where two dogs had been brought in for treatment.
One of the dogs had suffered a burn, roughly the size of a fist, through its fur and muscle. The sides of the burn were seared and caused so much damage the dog had to be euthanized.
The second dog, belonging to the same person, had been brought to the vet a few days earlier after suffering two deep cuts to its underside. That dog survived.
The owner told police that both dogs had been getting out of her yard in the days leading up to their injuries.
The underside of this dog was severely wounded with deep cuts but the animal survived.The underside of this dog was severely wounded with deep cuts but the animal survived. (RCMP)On the same day the officers were called to the vet clinic, the RCMP were also called by another resident who made a grisly discovery while out for a walk.
The person had found two animals that were skinned. They had no tail and no fur, save for “socks” on the bottom of each leg, RCMP said.
The socks on one animal were white and orange in color and black-brown on the other animal.
It appeared the animals, later confirmed by Manitoba Conservation officers to be a fox and a coyote, were tossed over the bridge where they were lying on top of the snow.
Then on March 25, an animal control officer contacted RCMP on behalf of the Pembina Valley Humane Society.
A dog had been brought to the shelter with bailer twine wrapped around its body. A jug filled with rocks was attached to the twine.
The dog wandered into a yard and the homeowners took it to the shelter. The dog was a pet that had gone missing about two days earlier from a yard on the boundary of Rhineland, RCMP said.
Anyone with information on those cases or any similar occurrences are asked to contact the Altona RCMP detachment at 204-324-6970.
Dr Andrew J