Investigation into Celista dog's shooting death suspended

A club member says he received this picture of the dog.
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CELISTA - The investigation into a dog found fatally shot in a Celista parking lot last month remains at a standstill as investigators hope for more tips.

On March 20 members of the Crowfoot Mountain Snowmobile Club discovered a gruesome scene when they found a dog with a single gunshot wound to its head in their parking lot. Chase RCMP turned the scene over to B.C. SPCA.

Kathy Woodward, a B.C. SPCA senior animal protection officer, says the animal died humanely and would not be considered a crime if it was the owner who killed it.

“Had the owner shot it, it would not be an offence,” she says.

Woodward says the owner has denied killing the dog though. At this point there are no further leads, she says.

“As far as we know there are no witnesses,” she says.

Because the dog did not suffer before its death, Woodward says the investigation is awaiting more information while officers work on other animal cruelty cases.

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