Charges rejected as Bear finds new home

Kevin Shiell and Bear after the February incident. - courtesy Kevin Shiell
Kevin Shiell and Bear after the February incident.
— image credit: courtesy Kevin Shiell

A Chemainus man will not be facing charges of theft and break-and-enter following the disappearance of a Duncan dog in February, the RCMP has confirmed.

Charges against the accused, Kevin Shiell, had been pending but were officially discarded due to the lack of co-operation from the victim, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday said Tuesday.

After the disappearance in February, Shiell came forward to RCMP identifying himself as responsible for taking the dog — known on social media as “Bear” —from its owner’s residence on Mary Street in Duncan.

Those actions came after a Facebook post that began circulating mid-February showing the pooch surrounded by what appeared to be feces and other filth outside the residence on Mary Street. It was taken down at approximately the same time the dog was reported missing to police Feb. 13.

“The charges against me for rescuing Bear have been dropped,” Shiell recently wrote on Facebook. “I would like to thank everyone for (their) support and love they have shown to Bear and I.”

Hobday said charges against Shiell were never filed, and an April 15 court date that had been scheduled was simply a promise to appear hearing.

“As of April 8, Mr. Shiell was notified we were no longer honouring the promise to appear date and to disregard that,” she said. “As of May 1, the investigator notified Crown we would not be submitting a report recommending charges as the witness was not being co-operative with the investigation.

“Our mantra really is no victim, no crime.”

And as for Bear, Shiell also assured people on Facebook he’s now living in a great home.

"I have three dogs already," he wrote. "He is in a great home with a great person who will love and treat him the way all animals should be treated."

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