Aseries of bizarre animal injuries and deaths in the Rural Municipality of Rhineland of southeastern Manitoba have the Altona RCMP detachment seeking the public’s help.
In one case in early March, two dogs that had climbed over a snowdrift to escape from their fenced yard returned home with unusual and severe injuries. The one pet had to be euthanized after suffering a burn the size of a fist through its fur and thorax muscles. The other had suffered two deep lacerations to its underside that required extensive stitching, but the dog survived.
At around the same time, the RCMP was called to a scene near provincial roads 14 and 306 where a person walking discovered the remains of a coyote and fox that had been skinned and discarded off the side of a bridge.
“They had no fur, save for ‘socks’ on the bottom of each leg. The socks were white orange in colour and the second were black-brown socks. Neither had tails attached,” the RCMP report says.
In late March, an animal control officer contacted Altona RCMP on behalf of the Pembina Valley Humane Society after a female dog was brought to the shelter that had been found with baling twine attached to a jug full of rocks wrapped around its body.
The dog had gone missing in the Horndean area two days previously and its owners had been actively looking for it. Although the animal appeared malnourished, further investigation revealed it was thin because it had been nursing a litter of 10 puppies.
The RCMP is asking anyone who has information related to these incidents to contact the Altona RCMP at 204-324-6970 or their local law enforcement agency.