Justice for Bandit
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Seeking justice for Bandit, the 4 year old Husky that was shot and killed July 22nd.
Location: Red Head Cove, Newfoundland, CA
Bandit was shot and killed after being ‘mistaken’ for a coyote just moments from his home, after his tether broke. He had been accused of killing ducks at a near by home. The shot was close range and merely an inch from his visible blue collar.
We are calling for justice in this situation. Nothing will bring Bandit back but we can prevent another family from going through an ordeal like this.
The RCMP Harbour Grace detachment did not do a thorough job investigating this matter.
Two phone calls have been made to the Provincial Fisheries and Wildlife, both calls have resulted in the same answer; “you are not allowed to shoot a weapon within 300m of a dwelling, a wildlife official or police office are the only people authorized to do so”.
We need to prevent people with guns from breaking the rules and regulations and we need to clarify the animal health and protection act. The law should not apply to some and not others. This does NOT have to happen to another family.
Fisheries and Land Resources; REGULATIONS FOR ALL HUNTERS;
It is unlawful
-to hunt, take or kill any wildlife except during open assembly. (Coyote season ended July 15th). -to discharge or handle a firearm while hunting without exercising reasonable care for the safety of other persons. -to hunt any game with night lights of any description. -to discharge a weapon within 300m of a dwelling.
-It is unlawful to take a dog unleashed or to run in any area frequented by wildlife from April 1 to Aug. 31 inclusive.
-A Wildlife Officer may destroy any dog found to be harassing wildlife.
ANIMAL HEALTH AND PROTECTION ACT
35. (1) Where a person finds a dog that is killing, maiming or pursuing natural persons or livestock, the person may
(a) shoot or otherwise destroy the dog; or
(b) lay a complaint before a Provincial Court judge.
(2) A Provincial Court judge before whom a complaint is laid under paragraph (1)(b) shall proceed promptly to hear the matter of the complaint, but shall first give the owner of the animal reasonable notice of the hearing.
(3) Upon hearing a complaint laid under paragraph (1)(b), a Provincial Court judge may, where satisfied that a dog has been found killing, maiming or pursuing natural persons or livestock, make an order that the owner of the animal destroy the animal or take such action that the Provincial Court judge considers necessary in the circumstances.
(4) An order made under this section is in addition to another available penalty.
CONSOLIDATED NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR-REGULATION 1156/96
Wild Life Regulations
Wild Life Act
Destruction of Dogs
104. A wild life officer may destroy or cause to be destroyed any dog which is found harassing wild life.
Hunting near dwellings, schools, etc.
111. (1) A person shall not discharge a firearm within 1,000 metres of a school, playground or athletic field or within 300 metres of a dwelling.
(2) Every person who, while hunting, discharges or causes to be discharged or handles a firearm without exercising reasonable care for the safety of other persons, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not more than $500 or to imprisonment of a term of not more than 6 months, or both.
(3) A person shall not hunt or discharge a firearm within 1,000 metres of a commercial wood cutting operation that has been clearly marked by signs stating "No Hunting".
Timeline of events:
July 21st: 10:15pm-10:30pm it was discovered that Bandit had broken his tether by a family friend that had seen him loose in the community. Searching began for Bandit by family and friends.
July 22nd: 3:03am: Bandits home received a call that he has been up to a house next door and killed several of their ducks. Bandits owners immediately offered to replace and or pay for the damage and livestock lost. The duck owner wanted zero compensation. When asked where Bandit had gone the duck owner told us simply that ‘He took off’ and wasn’t sure where he’d gone.
July 22nd approx 7:45am-7:50am: The duck owner showed up to Bandits home to admit that he had shot and killed this very loved animal thinking it was a coyote. The shooter destroyed him at 12:38am, 2.5hrs before he lied to the family, wrapped his body in a feedbag and placed him in a shed.
RCMP were called on this matter the same day, July 22nd. We were told over the phone that the man was ‘protecting his livestock’ and that there was nothing the could do.
To clarify, the definition of livestock covers ‘farm animals regarded as an asset’. The ducks were not the shooters lively hood nor were they depended on to feed a family.
July 23rd: Not accepting the response that was given by the RCMP over the phone the family went to the RCMP Harbour Grace detachment. There was not an officer on duty that could take the case and they took their names and numbers and were told to expect a call after 6pm that day.
July 23rd: 6:05pm they received a call and arranged to come in later that evening to give their statements.
The family felt good after speaking with the officer about the outcome. They gave the whole story and how they didn’t see how Bandit, the beautiful black and white husky, who had been recently groomed and was wearing a bright blue collar, could be mistaken for a mangy looking animal such as a coyote.
They didn’t understand how a weapon could be fired in a community, in the dark without a clear line of sight. They didn’t understand how the police wouldn’t investigate the situation the day it happened.
July 24th: After supper the family received a call from the officer on the case saying that the shooter could not be charged and or fined because the shooter had been protecting his livestock.
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