Fido might enjoy riding like this, but it’s illegal under the Motor Vehicle Act, and could have serious consequences for unsecured pets in the event of an accident. Stock photo

Lytton RCMP files

Lytton police are asking drivers to make sure their pets are secured when they’re in a pick-up truck

By Sgt. Curtis Davis

Lytton RCMP responded to 40 calls for service from April 5–24, including 13 traffic-related complaints.

Who let the dogs out?

Our partners from the Traffic Unit based at Ashcroft have been spending a lot of time in the area. This is a friendly reminder to buckle up and put the cell phone down.

On a similar note, I have seen many local vehicles driving around with dogs loose in the back of pick-ups. It is an offence under Section 77 of the Motor Vehicle Act to transport a living animal on any exterior part of a motor vehicle unless a suitable cage, carrier, or guard rail is provided and is attached adequately to protect that animal from falling or being thrown from the vehicle. Please ensure that your dog is suitably tethered to your vehicle and not locked inside.

Wildfire season

On April 9 we received a call from some travellers passing through, who had spotted what they thought was a wildfire along the Trans-Canada Highway north of Lytton. They poured their water bottles on it before we attended and were able to assure them that it was a planned and controlled burn.

Wildfire season is here, and the BC Wildfire Service continues to do planned burns in the region to keep us safe. Check their website at or their Facebook page (BC Wildfire Service) for current information. If you suspect a wildfire, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cellphone.

Breach of conditions

On April 18, a 36-year-old Lytton man was arrested when he was found intoxicated and yelling on the street. He had previously been arrested and released on April 9 after being arrested for assault with a weapon, and had a condition to not drink. He was later released by a Justice of the Peace to appear in court on April 25 at Kamloops.

Theft from vehicle in Spences Bridge

On April 22 we were advised of a theft from a rail contractor’s vehicle in Spences Bridge. The contractor had noted a 1990s green Toyota car with two occupants parked near his vehicle, and later found his window smashed and the fuel card stolen. It was immediately cancelled.

Patrols were made and it is likely that we will be notified of attempts to use the card. Regardless, if this vehicle rings a bell with you, give the Lytton RCMP a call at (250) 455-2225.

Disobeying curfew

Also on April 22, a 39-year-old Lytton man was arrested when we learned that he had violated his curfew. A house guest called police at 4 a.m. when she became nervous about being left overnight in the house alone. We attended and confirmed she was indeed alone, contrary to the man’s court-ordered restrictions. He was arrested later in the day and remanded into custody. Lesson learned.

If you have information about any crimes, contact the Lytton RCMP at (250) 455-2225. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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