Published: Sunday, May 13, 2007 Article tools
A post-mortem will be done later this week on the big cat that killed Tanya Dumstrey-Soos, 32, of 100 Mile House.
It was thought the cat began clawing at Dumstrey-Soos’ dress as she stood outside its cage. He then grabbed her legs.
The incident took place at an exotic animal farm owned by Dumstrey-Soos’ fiance, Kim Carlton.
Const. Annie Linteau of the RCMP’s E Division says it’s too early to say if anyone could face charges.
She says a number of children witnessed the attack including at least one of her own.
Two of the children who saw the attack were believed to have been
The incident has led to calls from animal experts and animal rights activists that federal and provincial governments act to control the ownership of exotic animals.
“We’ve got a tiger that’s mauling somebody’s girlfriend to death,” said Paul Springate of the Rainforest Reptile Refuge . ”That’s unacceptable. All it’s being is being a tiger.”
He said Saturday the incident could only have led to the tiger’s death.
”It’s a shame,” he said. “The bottom line is that animals are suffering to death in captivity and going extinct, becoming endangered so that we can have something cool to look at and show off to our friends.”
The incident had the provincial government promising to look into the regulations that allow private citizens to keep such animals. The SPCA is calling for legislation to ban the practice.
Agriculture Minister Pat Bell said Friday he will work with other authorities to determine if there is the need for legislative or regulatory change.
He said if changes are needed he will be move quickly to ensure that those changes are made.
Regional coroner Bruce Chamberlayne said Dumstrey-Soos was taken about 40 kilometres to hospital in 100 Mile House after the attack but couldn’t be revived.
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