Delta police officers doing proactive patrols in Watershed Park in North Delta have identified a person of interest in an on-going investigation of suspicious meat left along the park trails.
On the afternoon of Aug. 17 officers were in the 11100 block of Kittson Parkway doing patrols. Police had advised the public earlier in August about a number of instances of found raw meat, and had increased patrols by both officers and volunteers due to the public’s concerns.
According to DPD, around 2:05 p.m. Saturday, police entered the park and identified a person of interest in this matter. Contrary to some reports on social media, police have not arrested anyone in relation this investigation.
Additional meat was seized by police. Police were informed the meat includes goat brain, liver, chicken, kidney and minced beef.
“Meat seized from previous occasions is still undergoing testing,” said DPD spokesperson Cris Leykauf.
She said until police have further information regarding whether the meat was tampered with, or toward what end it was being left in the park, she cannot speculate on possible consequences for these actions.
As of the evening of Aug. 16 no dogs had been reported as being poisoned in relation to the dumped meat.
“Our officers have also taken the step of inquiring within the veterinary community regarding if they have seen any spikes or trends in animal poisoning in the Metro Vancouver area,” Leykauf said. “There does not appear to be any trend in this regard which should alarm animal owners.”
The investigation remains ongoing, and police await the results of testing.
It is unknown why the meat was being dumped in Watershed Park.