RCMP investigating report of family pet shot in Three Mile Plains

Ashley Thompson
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Camo, a two-year-old pit bill/coonhound mix, was shot in the Three Mile Plains area on Dec. 20. Police are investigating the shooting. (Submitted photo)

A Three Mile Plains resident is hoping justice will be served in the name of her dog that was gunned down not far from her home a few days before Christmas.

Allison Butler last saw Camo, her two-year-old pit bull/coonhound mix, alive the morning of Dec. 20. She says she let Camo outside for a washroom break, but the young dog “took off” on her.

Butler says she called for the dog for 30 to 45 minutes, but she was unable to leave the house and search for him because she was watching her two small children.

Butler’s boyfriend and in-laws helped her search for Camo throughout the day and into the evening while she watched the kids.

In the evening, Butler’s boyfriend set out to see if Camo had been caught in a trap only to learn that the dog had been killed.

“He followed a four wheeler trail once he got down there and found our dog with a bullet right through him, and there was a blood trail right from the man’s backyard, right down to where it was,” Butler alleges.

She further alleges the person responsible for the dog’s death called and admitted to shooting Camo in a voicemail left on her mother-in-law’s phone, but that same individual is now claiming he had nothing to do with the shooting or the telephone message.

Butler cannot fathom why someone would want to shoot her dog.

“I live with two children and he’s never ever shown aggression toward them. He was a big baby.”

Even if Camo wandered onto someone’s property, Butler says there are more humane ways of dealing with such things.

“We just spent Christmas with two small children asking where their dog was,” she said, her voice cracking.

Butler says knowing that someone out there, close to her, is capable of shooting a person’s pet, and dumping its body in a nearby field — while a family was obviously searching for their pet — makes her sick to her stomach.

“It is awful.”

Const. Andy Harris, of the Windsor RCMP, says the police have a suspect in mind, but the investigation is ongoing. A name will not be released until someone is formally charged.

“We’re still following up on everything,” Harris said.

Harris stressed that injuring or endangering an animal is a criminal offence, and he is encouraging anyone with information in relation to this incident to contact the Windsor RCMP at (902) 798-2207.

 

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Three Mile Plains, West Hants, Windsor Nova Scotia

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  • Allison Butler
    January 02, 2014 - 14:11

    just to let everyone know, Camo did have a huge run to be tied on with a dog house to go in, but with below zero temperatures and snow up to the dogs knee that he didnt like to go in, I didnt feel right tying him to it. So I went out with him for him to go pee but he took off on me and I spent a while outside hollering for him. but with 2 small children in your home being before 9 in the morning and your children are looking forward to going to their christmas party to see Santa Clause, I had to come in and get ready to take them to it. If I could go back to that day I would of just said to bad and walked the dog out to his chain, if it meant he would still be here. It is a very terrible thing that has happened and I feel horrible about it. We miss our dog very much. And we know it was our fault for the dog being in his yard and we will deal with that, thats our problem. But with that being said you call the dog catcher or the police you dont take the law into your own hands n shoot the pet and then throw him over the field and hope you dont get caught. and you dont fire guns off 20 feet behind an older ladys home.

    • Doreen Butler
      January 03, 2014 - 00:15

      Good for you Allison...you are absolutely right.. ...Hind sight is a great teacher...in a could of...would of ...should of done. situation....vigilante justice is never the proper course..Hopefully Justice will be served for this beautiful animal...he was not a cougar he was a family pet..

  • Mike Hawk
    January 02, 2014 - 11:38

    Shame the family didn't invest in and use a tie out for pee breaks when the dog needed to go out- or a fenced in yard. But to shoot a dog- how cowardly is that. Throw the book at the loser. Even if the dog was attacking you or a pet- there are other way to deal wih it.

    • allison butler
      January 02, 2014 - 14:00

      He did have a huge run to go on. But it was below zero and the snow would have been up to his knees so I went out with him to go pee and he took off.

  • Glady Gates
    January 01, 2014 - 22:41

    Disgusting . I hope the person responsible is charged.

  • Steve Arsenault
    January 01, 2014 - 09:21

    thats the most disturbing thing i,ve ever read so close to Christmas