West Shore RCMP are looking to speak with an elderly man accused of spraying a dog with a chemical irritant on the Galloping Goose trail on May 29.
According to police, a man reported that he saw an elderly male cyclist with what was believed to be a chemical irritant on a section of the trail in Metchosin. The man told police he began recording the cyclist and the two got into a heated conversation.
Police said as the elderly man started to cycle away, he was seen using the chemical spray on a dog.
West Shore RCMP want to speak to the man to get his side of the story.
“There is a reason he did what he did and we don’t want to jump to conclusions. Only he knows why he did what he did that day,” Const. Matt Baker, media relations officer with West Shore RCMP, said in a release.
The cyclist is described by police as 70 to 75 years of age, white, between 5’5″ (165 centimetres), 5’10” (179 cm), with white hair. He was wearing a yellow and green shirt and a red and black helmet. Police said he had an orange road style bike.
Anyone with information is asked to call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.