RCMP called to investigate case of starving horses

Rimbey RCMP had a refreshing week, investigating only 25 files.

  • Jan. 15, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Owner ordered to feed starving horses

Officers were approached by a concerned citizen who brought to their attention a field of horses near Gull Lake that looked very skinny. One of the horses appeared to have recently died. Mounties immediately responded to the scene and found seven mares in a small pasture. One had already died and others in the pasture looked malnourished. There was no visible feed available to the animals. The horses had pawed up the snow-covered ground to scrounge the little bit of grass that did exist in the small pasture. Further investigation revealed several more horses were penned up in corrals with no visible feed source.

Officers requested the assistance of the SPCA who dispatched an investigator immediately to the scene. The owner of the horses was tracked down and issued an order to immediately have the remaining horses examined by a veterinarian and for feed and supplements to be dispensed to the animals. The subsequent investigation showed the dead horse died of other causes and not directly from starvation.

Animal owners are reminded that they are required by law to provide them with necessities of life and can

be charged criminally for failing to do so.

Tools stolen from oil lease

Police are investigating a theft at an oil lease site near Township Road 442. Thieves entered a building and stole tools from the site during the night of Jan. 5.

Stolen truck recovered

On Jan. 9 someone stole a Ford F350 diesel truck from a hotel parking lot sometime during the night. Later, that same day, the truck was recovered by RCMP in Sturgeon County.

Mounties pursue drug dealers

Police continue to monitor people in the community who are out of jail on bail conditions or other court orders. Officers are also pursuing drug dealers who traffic illegal drugs in the community. Sometimes, these investigations lead investigators to other jurisdictions and the scope of the investigation widens. In several recent cases, Rimbey Mounties have been involved in drug investigations elsewhere that have led to charges.

Disqualified drivers caught

In four recent cases, officers have charged drivers for operating a motor vehicle while their licenses were suspended and they were disqualified from driving. In all cases, their vehicles have been seized for a minimum

of 30 days. One offender was sentenced by the judge to serve two months in jail. In the other cases, the accused drivers were sentenced to serve 30 days in the crowbar motel.

Take your valentine dancing

Plan ahead to enjoy a “date night” on Feb. 9. The Rimbey Victim Service Unit is hosting a Big Band Valentine Gala at the community centre. Tickets are on sale now and there are some still available. Please call (403) 843-8494 during the day or (403) 843-6786 in the evening for more information.

Rural Crime Watch AGM

The Rimbey and District Rural Crime Watch Association is hosting their annual general meeting on Feb. 13 at

the Hoadley Hall. Tickets are available at the detachment. Come out and enjoy a great meal and exciting entertainment. Police informants have revealed that there may be a special appearance by “Olga.” You won’t want to miss that.

If you have any information on these or any other crimes, please call the Rimbey RCMP at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, #8477 on Telus Mobility or *8477 on Rogers AT&T.

Crime Stoppers is a community program that does work. Do your part and call now.