Mystery Islander has reward waiting in seal deaths case

Steve Sharratt
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Humane Society of Canada offers $5,000 after outraged donors chip in

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.”

Organizations: Atlantic Vet College, Humane Society, HS Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Geographic location: Canada, Murray Harbour, Southeastern P.E.I.

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  • Ashamed maritimer
    February 24, 2013 - 11:33

    Savages ! I hope this barbaric act follows them for the rest of their lives these "kids" deserve to rot. Any human that would club another living organism to death for fun is more than capable of harming an

  • JRCK
    February 22, 2013 - 19:52

    At rat is a rat . Do you fools think this guy is some upstanding citizen? Rats are the guys that get away with crimes because they are willing to rat on other people.

  • Bmac
    February 22, 2013 - 14:35

    It really shouldn't have been too hard to track these seal killers.In future, all you have to look for is two furrows on the ground where these Neanderthals' knuckles are dragging when they walk.And remember - THEY WALK AMONG US...SCARY!

  • MY RANT
    February 22, 2013 - 13:35

    THANK YOU TIPSTER ! I am beyond disgusted by this cruelty & embarrassed to call myself an Islander.This story has made National news since it broke & paints the Island & Islanders as nothing more than a bunch of blood thirsty inbred neanderthals roaming the shoreline with clubs looking for something to bash.To the rest of country we are not of this mind as the out pouring has shown.To those who have said this is the same as a slaugher house you're wrong.Like it or not a slaughter house serves a purpose,to process the food we eat.Had these youth killed then processed the meat or at least the fur,I could some what justify the act but this was nothing more than a thrill kill ,bored teens killing for jollies.To those idiots who claim it was a case of kids being kids, yes as a young kid growing up I' ve made plenty of mistakes but NEVER,EVER have I participated in the slaughter of 50 nursing seals & their pups.There's something very wrong here & to those who laugh it off , you scare me.Remember the Gandhi quote,the greatness of a nation & it's moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated.To the three " youth " , you' ve tainted this Island permanetly I pray the courts give you the maximum possible.

  • voter
    February 22, 2013 - 12:55

    congratulations to the person who helped solve this atrocity -- i ask all people to support this person and all others in similar situations to feel good about their input,to feel secure that their anonymity is a right they can count on and to know that many people are very happy someone helped solve the crime, Hopefully the money will help the recipient in a meaningful way

  • islandeur
    February 22, 2013 - 12:47

    Trust me, people will be watching to see who suddenly has a new car, is going on vacation, bought new clothes, to try and figure out who it might be.

    • islander
      February 22, 2013 - 19:33

      And why would you be so interested ISLANDEUR? These 3 teens have been charged and if they are found guilty, then they will be convicted of a Criminal Code of Canada violation for causing unnecessary suffering to animals. Get it? That means they will be found guilt of a CRIMINAL offense. Are you saying that you are unhappy that someone provided information to the law enforcement authorities in tracking down CRIMINALS amongst us? Perhaps the next time a relative of yours is raped or murdered or you experience property crime, or assault, etc. you'll be thankful that someone provides information that helps identify and convict those responsible. Unless of course you dislike law enforcement and a society based on the rule of law? Please enlighten us.

  • islandeur
    February 22, 2013 - 12:44

    Agreed! I would not want those guys to know who is receiving the award. Abuse of animals is a gateway to violence against people.

  • Rose
    February 22, 2013 - 12:36

    I agree with LA. It is no ones business who the person was that turned in those 3 people. They deserve the reward for doing the right thing and they should be able to remain anonymous if they so choose. Too many nosy people.

  • Bill Kays
    February 22, 2013 - 12:35

    snitches get stitches

  • CaptainBlackbeard
    February 22, 2013 - 12:29

    its funny how when the reward was at $1000 , this person didn't step forward. Knowing they should keep quiet.But when it was moved up to $5,000 all of a sudden they knew something. Sounds fishy.

  • boondoggle
    February 22, 2013 - 11:02

    If I received the award, I would not want anyone to know, because knowing what those boys are capable of doing, I'd be living in fear the rest of my life.

  • Jillian
    February 22, 2013 - 11:01

    I don't blame this person for remaining anonymous. It may not be they consider themselves to be a 'rat' as Tim put it. If they live in a small community and actually know the people involved in this, they could be in a lot of trouble for speaking out about this.

  • HOTEL ILLNESS
    February 22, 2013 - 11:01

    The tipster is probably scared to come forward .Remember the same sex couple that were burned out of their home & the crime never solved.Certain kinfolk on this gentle Island are a few bricks short & would think nothing of torching your car or home.

  • Scary place
    February 22, 2013 - 10:47

    The cruelty to animals itself is bad enough. But add to that a culture where people are too scared to speak up, no matter how horrific the thing is. It's a perfect example of the dark underbelly of fear and threats and violence of this province. It's like living in the Dark Ages here.

  • abuse is abuse
    February 22, 2013 - 10:44

    A person who will abuse, injure or kill an animal would do the same to a human.

  • DB
    February 22, 2013 - 10:40

    If this person is from the community, it is likely that they do not want their name revealed. The community is so horribly divided right now over this issue that it could cause them problems if they revealed themselves. This doesn't make them a rat...just careful.

  • mystery man
    February 22, 2013 - 10:14

    The reward is actually being paid because it's the Humane Society, not crimestoppers. But good for that person to help with the investigation. What an awful crime.

  • Excellent
    February 22, 2013 - 09:39

    I hope the person(s) who provided the information enjoys every penny of it. I also hope the people who did it will now understand that doing this to animals is wrong. Maybe the courts and public opinion can instill some values that they obviously haven't gotten anywhere else.

  • tim
    February 22, 2013 - 09:31

    The person is a hero .Why does he or she not want to recieve the reward in public and accept the much deserved admiration ? Or do they consider themselves a rat and will continue to hide ?

    • LA
      February 22, 2013 - 11:21

      What business is it of yours if they want to go public or not? You are ridiculous.

    • Timmy Dont Know
      February 22, 2013 - 15:11

      Tim - You should see all the locals from the Murray River/Murray Harbour area rallying behind these kids on facebook. Fishing folk don't have regular rules like the rest of us, this person would be driven from the community in the least.