Three teens charged in theft, death of pet parrot in Slave Lake
Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:23AM MDT Last Updated Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:04PM MDT
RCMP in northern Alberta have arrested and charged three teenaged boys in connection to the theft and killing of a family pet in early June.
Slave Lake RCMP said three boys, aged 14, 15 and 16-years-old, had been arrested.
The youngest and the oldest boys accused in the case are facing one count each of possession of stolen property, and injuring or endangering an animal.
The 15-year-old boy has been charged with theft, injuring or endangering an animal, and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
On June 2, RCMP responded to a complaint that a pet parrot had been stolen – the African Grey Parrot had been stolen from the yard of a Slave Lake home.
CTV News spoke with the parrot's owner Asem Al-Daboubi. He said the bird's name is Ozzi, and the 10-year-old bird had been raised by Al-Daboubi and his wife since she hatched - and spoke English and Arabic.
When it was taken, the bird had been in a cage near the home – although officials searched, the bird was not found.
The parrot was found dead the next day, it appeared to have sustained physical trauma.
RCMP said the teens have since been released from custody, and they’re expected to appear in court June 25.
With files from Nicole Weisberg