Almost a full year after the poisoning of four dogs, a dog hater may have returned to Mirror with a vengeance to kill 13 dogs this time.
Bashaw RCMP detachment put out a statement last Saturday, April 30, announcing that they were investigating the suspicious deaths of nine dogs in the small community.
The next day, the detachment updated its information saying that the number of dogs killed had risen to 13.
“The dogs were all in fenced yards or on their owner’s property at the time of their deaths,” said the RCMP statement.
“Sometime over night, April 29/30, the dogs ingested an unknown substance and deceased.”
The detachment urged residents to be watchful of suspicious behaviour, and to protect their pets when outside.
“Police are also recommending that pet owners keep their pets on a leash while out walking, and to take their pets inside at night,” the statement said.
The investigation into the death of the four dogs last year concluded that the animals were poisoned by strychnine, a common pesticide.
Anyone with information that can assist the police in this investigation is asked to call the Bashaw RCMP at 780-372-3793 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-661-8477.