Bruce Peninsula O.P.P Report: Family Pet Shot With Pellet Gun

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Media Release

(SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On April 5, 2024, the Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call that a family pet was shot with a pellet gun in South Bruce Peninsula.

Police spoke with the pet owner who advised that the family cat roams free in the town and is out from morning to night. On April 1, 2024, the pet owner noticed that the cat was not acting normal and noticed a hole in the cat’s leg. The pet owner brought the cat to the vet who determined that the cat was shot with a pellet. The cat has died from its injuries.

Police are reminding all pet owners that most Municipalities in Grey Bruce have by-laws for animals being at large. Pet owners are asked to educate themselves on their local by-laws. If you notice a nuisance animal on your property, please contact your local by-law officer. There is no reason for anyone to shoot a pet animal with a pellet gun. 

If anyone has any information, they are being asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at https://crimestop-gb.org/ where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

A REMINDER TO OFF-ROAD VEHICLES OPERATORS 

(GREY BRUCE, ON) – The Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) want to remind all Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) operators that the Grey County’s CP Rail Trail is currently closed for ORV operators. ORVs are only permitted on a portion of the trail from May 1 – November 30. Anyone located on the trail can be stopped and charged under the Trespass to Property Act (TPA).

The Grey Bruce OPP would like to remind riders to check with their local municipality to determine if Off Road Motor Vehicle usage is permitted. Municipalities have the authority to create by-laws to restrict/prohibit usage of ORVs. Ensure that you are on a public trail and not private property. Ensure if a trail permit is required that you have it properly affixed. 

The OPP would like to offer ORV operators some safety tips and laws surrounding operating ORV’s on the highway:

· For any on road usage, all operators must be at least 16 years old and hold at a minimum a valid G2 or M2 licence. This includes driving the ORV across the road.

· Wear an approved motorcycle helmet.

· ORVs must be driven in the same direction as traffic and on the shoulder where available.

· Vehicles must be registered, plated, and insured.

· No passengers under the age of 8 and the number of occupants is limited to the number of available seating positions.

· Have headlights and taillights on between sunset and sunrise or when the weather is unfavourable.

· If the posted speed limit is 50 km/h or less the limit for the ORV is 20 km/h.

· If the posted speed limit is greater than 50 km/h the limit for the ORV is 50 km/h.