Horse found shot, dead on Postill Lake Road in Kelowna

Kelowna RCMP is investigating

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m.

The Kelowna RCMP is now in contact with the owner of the deceased horse found shot on Postill Lake Road near the Highlands Trail in Kelowna.

RCMP said thanks to the assistance of media, the owner was located.

RCMP reminds the public that it is unlawful to dump the remains of any livestock. Carcasses must be disposed of properly and according to legislation.

“Discarding something of this nature is potentially dangerous for several reasons,” says Cpl. Cory Lepine of the RCMP Livestock Section. “It can attract predators to an area where people, pets or other livestock frequent. It can also pollute nearby waterways or sensitive environments.”

The matter is still under investigation.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 12:30 p.m.

Kelowna RCMP is investigating after a horse was found shot dead on Postill Lake Road near the Highlands Trail in Kelowna.

RCMP was notified on May 3 that a resident of the area had found the horse, which was deceased and appeared to have been shot.

“This animal was shod, and appeared to be cared for prior to its’ death. We are attempting to determine if this is a case of illegal dumping of remains, or something of a more serious criminal nature,” said Cpl. Cory Lepine. “If this is an instance of someone attempting to euthanize an animal, this is not the way to do so, and the body cannot be left on the side of the road.”

The horse was a gelding, and chestnut or sorel in colour. He had three white socks and a small white blaze on the tip of his nose.

Anyone with any information about this crime can contact the RCMP Livestock Section at 250-314-1800.

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