The Burns Lake RCMP was called to investigate the death of a pony on the Southside. (Black Press Media file photo)

The Burns Lake RCMP was called to investigate the death of a pony on the Southside. (Black Press Media file photo)

Burns Lake RCMP investigates death of a pony; fines man involved

Incident sparked social media outrage, theories

A child’s pony had to be euthanized after it was gravely injured when the pony wandered into a live trap on a neighboring property on the Southside.

According to a press release by the RCMP, on Oct 2 the Burns Lake RCMP received a report from the Southside where a pony was gravely injured. The owner feared that the animal was intentionally injured and wanted the police to look in to the matter.

After a thorough investigation, the RCMP discovered that the pony had wandered on to the neighboring property and became tangled in to a live trap. The pony was further accidentally injured during the attempt to free the pony by cutting the rope it was caught in. After this, when the pony went back to the owner’s home, there was nothing that could be done to help the animal and he had to be euthanized.

The Burns Lake RCMP have determined that there was no criminal intent behind the incident, after completing their investigation that included taking statements. The release also stated that the person who tried to free the animal is very remorseful and apologetic. However, since the trap that caught the pony was made out of illegal material, the person was fined under the Wildlife Act Regulations.

“It was an unfortunate accident and in our opinion, the individual has been dealt with, within the confines of the law,” said Burns Lake RCMP Staff Sergeant Shaunna Lewis adding that she could understand how much the family was traumatized by the incident as animals, “especially a little boy’s pony is such a huge part of the family and it is loss of a loved one.”

The incident sparked a social media outrage and speculations, over the incident and Lewis told Lakes District News that the RCMP had been investigating the uttering of threats, and had discussions with the people who were involved with that. She also said that they were monitoring activities closely.

“Let’s hope it does not escalate. In my opinion, it is very concerning that social media is being used to list out the fears and angers of the people who don’t have the complete understanding of what the facts are in the matter,” she said.

Lewis is also urging the public to come forward in case they have any further information regarding a criminal offense in this matter or others.

“Please come forward to the local RCMP or to Crime Stoppers; we have to work together to keep everybody safe,” she said.

If you have any information about this, contact the Burns Lake RCMP at (250) 692-7171 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477.


Priyanka Ketkar
Multimedia journalist
@PriyankaKetkar

priyanka.ketkar@ldnews.net


Like us on Facebook and follows us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Parking time is to be limited in one spot on 9th. (Houston Today photo)
District seeks grant to update bylaws

And decides on 15-minute parking

Bench installation on 9th Street is another sign the project is nearing completion. (Houston Today photo)
Progress being made on 9th Street finish

District aiming for June completion

File photo
Mental health checks proving valuable

Police officer and nurse team up each week

The two billboards for the Cow Moose Sign project arrived in Topley last week with Justin Cradock, owner of Pitbull Trucking Ltd. and the area is now getting prepared for installation. (Dan Simmons photo/Houston Today)
Cow Moose sign project billboards arrive in Topley

Two billboards for the Cow Moose Sign project have arrived in Topley… Continue reading

File photo
Snow clearing changes would cost money, survey finds

Council being asked to give direction

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

The warm weather means time for a camping trip, or at least an excursion into nature. How much do you know about camps and camping-related facts? (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: Are you ready to go camping?

How many camp and camping-related questions can you answer?

On Friday, May 14 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, Michael Caan joined a very elite club of golfers who have shot under 60 (Instagram)
Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

People shop in Chinatown in Vancouver on Friday, February 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver community leaders call for action following 717% rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

‘The alarming rise of anti-Asian hate in Canada and south of the border shows Asians have not been fully accepted in North America,’ says Carol Lee

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

The first Black judge named to the BC Supreme Court, Selwyn Romilly, was handcuffed at 9:15 a.m. May 14 while walking along the seawall. (YouTube/Screen grab)
Police apologize after wrongly arresting B.C.’s first Black Supreme Court Justice

At 81 years old, the retired judge was handcuffed in public while out for a walk Friday morning

Dr. Steve Beerman, of Nanaimo, shows off his Dr. David Bishop Gold Medal, awarded for distinguished medical service. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Queen presents Vancouver Island doctor with award for global drowning prevention

Dr. Steve Beerman receives Royal Life Saving Society’s King Edward VII Cup at virtual ceremony

Former UFV Cascades wrestling coach Arjan Singh Bhullar is now the ONE heavyweight champion after defeating Brandon Vera via TKO in round two on Saturday in Singapore. (ONE Championship)
Former UFV wrestling coach wins MMA championship

Arjan Singh Bhullar captures ONE heavyweight title, first Indian origin fighter to achieve honour

Most Read