Sgt. Paul Gagné, head of the RCMP’s Sackville detachment, says the investigation into the death of a farm animal in Dorchester hasn’t been completed yet.
The Mounties began their investigation on December 30th after residents reported that a 600 pound calf fell out of a farm trailer and died on the pavement in front of their homes on Cape Road.
Sackville farmer Keith Carter says he tried to revive the animal, but after realizing it was dead, cut its throat and bled it out on the road.
A video recording of the incident from a home security system has been turned over to police.
Sgt. Gagné says he realizes that the incident was upsetting for the people who saw it, but added the RCMP might have nothing more to say if police determine that no offences were committed.
“We’ll see what the interest is in the community,” he said during a telephone interview with Warktimes.
Gagné took more than a week to respond to repeated phone messages and did so only after I sought help from Cst. Hans Ouellette, an RCMP communications officer in Fredericton.
Gagné said he responds to questions from news outlets such as the CBC and the Times & Transcript, but sees Warktimes as a form of social media, not journalism.
“You’re no different than a regular citizen,” he told me, adding that I could call him in “a month or two” if I had more questions.
He did say that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which regulates the humane transportation of animals, is also investigating the incident.
A spokesman for the CFIA confirmed its investigation is ongoing.
Meantime, Tony Porter, Chief Animal Protection Officer for the New Brunswick SPCA says the Society would not get involved in the investigation unless requested to do so by the RCMP.
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