RCMP investigating report of family pet shot in Three Mile Plains

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on December 31, 2013

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.