RCMP charge one person with animal cruelty

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UPDATE: The original RCMP media release on this article was incorrect.  RCMP originally advised that both the male and female involved in this incident were facing charges.  They have since confirmed the investigation resulted in charges being pursued only against the male. 

PICTOU – Two people were charged with cruelty to animals following an incident last week in Pictou.

On April 12, Pictou District RCMP responded to a complaint of two people who had a rifle in their possession in their vehicle on Depot Street. Police responded and encountered a man and a woman who were reported by witnesses to be shooting pigeons with a rifle.

Shortly after police arrived on scene, they determined that the weapon was a pellet gun. The two suspects were arrested without incident. A 28-year-old man from Scotch Hill and a 44-year-old woman from Pictou are facing charges of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and causing animals or birds unnecessary suffering. Both were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on June 6.