Vigilante action will not be tolerated, says the M.D. of Lesser Slave River.
This message appeared on its Facebook page, on Dec. 18, in response to somebody trapping a cat in a South Shore community.
The cat in question (pictured) was being cared for at the local animal shelter on behalf of the M.D., waiting to be reunited with its owner.
The Leader heard a very different version of this story in a telephone message (anonymous) received just before Christmas. What it said, in effect, was that the M.D. was coming down hard on somebody who had only been trying to do a good deed in the community.
If this is the way they react, said the caller, nobody is going to try to do any good deeds.
A call to the M.D. peace officer was not returned by press time. So all we have to go on is what the M.D. posted, as follows (in part):
“The cat is an intact male with a red collar. He is safe and under the care of M.D. staff. Once the owner has been located and confirmed, the M.D. will release the cat to the owner’s care. To clarify, this cat was not ‘found’ as had been claimed on social media channels; it was illegally trapped and removed from Canyon Creek. This kind of vigilantism will not be tolerated by the M.D. If found, those responsible for illegally trapping the cat will be prosecuted.”