Humane Society of Canada offers $5,000 after outraged donors chip in
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Three teens face charges after someone bludgeoned and killed a group of seal pups found dead on Murray Beach.
MONTAGUE — A mystery Islander who helped authorities solve the barbaric clubbing deaths of a spring of seals near here last month has a $5,000 reward waiting.
It all depends on a court conviction facing three teenagers, but a Humane Society of Canada spokeswoman expects the first bounty of its kind in Canada will be paid.
“It sounds to me like the person is very deserving and has an important story to tell,” said Rebecca Aldworth, director of HS Canada.
“And if a conviction is forthcoming … we will proceed with great pleasure to turn over the reward.”
Dozens of seals lounging on the icy shores off Murray Harbour in southeastern P.E.I. were clubbed to death on Jan. 27 in what appears to be an act of
random killing. The seals were left for dead — some weren’t — and the incident was investigated by the Atlantic Vet College, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the RCMP.
The reward by the Humane Society started at $1,000, but outraged donors contributed and jumped the reward to $5,000.
“I feel very confident that we will provide a reward in this case and we are thrilled this helped bring the situation to light. It was a horrific act of cruelty.”
“We think the person who assisted has a very important story to hear and we would hope they can speak about it, however, we will not put anyone in the public eye without their permission." Rebecca Aldworth, director of HS Canada
Aldworth said the tipster would not be publicly identified unless permission to identify the individual was granted following the conviction. The three youths, 15, 17 and 18, are expected to make a court appearance in April and have been released into the custody of their parents.
Investigators executed four search warrants Feb. 15 resulting in the seizure of items connected to the crime scene. Charges have not yet been laid, but the three males are ultimately facing Criminal Code charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
“We think the person who assisted has a very important story to hear and we would hope they can speak about it, however, we will not put anyone in the public eye without their permission,” said Aldworth.
She said when news broke about the incident, some of the first callers were Islanders offering help and donations. Since then, some comments and letters have been less than complimentary to the province.
“I don’t want to see the Island tarnished,” she said. “There is nothing but incredible and compassionate people on P.E.I. and they want to see the people responsible brought to justice.”