August 05, 2013 - 11:24 AM
VERNON – If it turns out to be true, it’s a shocking crime. A city man claims a stranger killed his cat right in his driveway.
On Saturday afternoon, the Vernon RCMP got a call from a man in the 3100 block of 39th Avenue., just north of downtown. He claimed a stranger had driven over his cat, killing it.
Sgt. Kara Triance says the man accused of killing the cat claimed he did it because the feline had attacked his pitbull.
“We’re working right now to identify who that male is.”
Triance won’t say how the cat was killed, but she does say it wasn’t run over by a vehicle.
The owner of the cat got a license plate number and a description of the vehicle, but they don’t match, so that part of the investigation is a dead end.
The suspect was also seen at the nearby Tim Horton’s on 32nd Street around 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, according to Triance.
“He did have an injury to his hand. He had a bleeding hand and he was dipping it into a Tim Horton’s cup of water.”
Police are hoping someone who saw the man and can help them figure out who he might be. Tim Horton’s has handed over the video surveillance and investigators are reviewing it.
Under B.C.’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the penalty for a conviction is a fine up to $75,000, up to 2 years in prison, or both.
If you can help out with the investigation you’re asked to call the Vernon RCMP detachment at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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