Jeff Curr, 59, said he made the disturbing discovery at about 4:30 p.m. on the North Road trail when one of his dogs, Murphy, roamed through some underbrush and returned with a shiny piece of meat in her mouth.
“Watch your dogs on Burnaby mountain,” she writes in a Facebook post. “This was pulled out of the mouth of a friend’s dog on the North Road trail. Needles in meat.”
Once the six-year-old husky cross dropped the meat, Curr realized it was stuffed with corn and berries — and a cluster of sewing needles.
"It's frightening," said Curr, who's an adviser with the B.C. government. "Any animal that would have got a hold of it and tried to ingest it, it certainly would have been the end of them."
On Saturday, Lorraine Ismail posted a photo on Facebook of a raw piece of meat with several needles stuck to it.
Burnaby RCMP confirmed they received a report Saturday afternoon and are investigating. The B.C. SPCA said it also received a complaint and has assigned an officer to the case.
Once Curr discovered the meat, he showed it to a horrified couple nearby. He then threw it in the garbage and phoned police.
His wife's friend later shared a photo of the meat on Facebook, which was widely shared over the weekend.
Curr said he's walked his dogs on the Burnaby Mountain trails several times a week for the past five years.
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He said Murphy often picks up stray food items, such as apple cores while out on walks. But the dog looked unsure about the the sirloin tip hanging from her mouth.
"It was absolute luck that she just didn't gulp it down," he said, adding the meat was roughly the size of a squirrel without its tail.
Curr said he believes someone deliberately left out the meat for an animal to eat. The trails, he said, are filled with wildlife, including coyotes, skunks and bears.
"Somebody who would be that premeditated and be able to follow through on something with such cruel intentions is really concerning."
A dog walker found a piece of meat stuck with several sewing needles on a Burnaby, B.C. trail over the weekend. (Facebook/Lorraine Ismail)
Burnaby RCMP said anyone who has spotted similar objects in the area should phone them at 604-646-9999.
Dog owners are on alert after a piece of meat containing at least half a dozen sewing needles was found on a hiking trail in Burnaby.
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A dog found a piece of meat on the mountain’s North Road trail, but it turned out there were needles in it, according to a Facebook post by Lorraine Ismail.
“Watch your dogs on Burnaby Mountain,” read the post. “This was pulled out of the mouth of a friend’s dog on the North Road trail. Needles in meat.”
It’s unclear why the meat with needles was on the trail, but some people have been known to lay homemade traps to hurt animals such as raccoons and coyotes that they view as pests.