The City of Prince Rupert has issued a statement related to events of Friday August 30th which saw a member of the detachment address a dangerous dog report on the city's east side.
In their notes the City outlined how the RCMP were required to make the difficult decision to euthanize a "designated dangerous dog" that was at large and behaving aggressively in the Seal Cove area between 10 AM and Noon.
In the city's update they note that the response by the members was only taken in view of the serious circumstance where it was considered that there was an immediate danger to the public.
"The Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a request to assist City Bylaws with a vicious dog. Based on the history of the dog attacking a member of the community and the dangerous and aggressive behaviour displayed during the interaction, police made the unfortunate decision to put the dog down, but it was necessary in order to maintain public safety,” -- Cpl. Alex Langley, Acting Operations NCO, RCMP.
|Members of the Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a dangerous dog|
call in the Seal Cover area on Friday, with a need to euthanize the dog taken
over its aggressive behaviour
The city extended their sympathies to the owner of the dog and advise that the Prince Rupert detachment is expected to release their own statement before the weekend is over.
The city's response of late Friday afternoon can be reviewed here.
Updates: Early Sunday morning, the dog owner posted comments related to the incident to social media, which you can review here.
Also on Sunday morning, the RCMP issued their information release on the incident; relaying many of the same details as the City's update, along with some additional notes.
A dog was shot and killed by Prince Rupert RCMP that was acting aggressively in the residential neighborhood of Seal Cove ...
The Prince Rupert RCMP want to advise the public that this is not a decision that is taken lightly. This decision was made after extensive efforts to safely apprehend the animal became futile and the risk to the public became imminent.
You can review the full RCMP information release here.
The flow of information from the City of Prince Rupert continued into Sunday afternoon, as the City followed up on the RCMP statement with their own update through their Facebook page.
For more items of note related to Emergency Responders on the North Coast see our archive page here.
Other items of interest from the City of Prince Rupert can be reviewed from our Council Discussion archive.
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