An alpaca (not the one pictured above) died after being attacked by two dogs in Winlaw last year. The dogs' owner has now been charged with drug production.

Drug charges laid in Winlaw alpaca incident

Charges have formally been laid against a Slocan Valley man following an incident last year in which two dogs killed an alpaca in Winlaw.

Charges have formally been laid against a Slocan Valley man following an incident last year in which two dogs killed an alpaca on a Winlaw property.

On April 6, a German Shepherd and pit bull who lived at a property on Youngs Road jumped into the alpaca’s fenced compound across the street.

The animal, which resembles a small llama, suffered wounds to its head and rear end and died soon after.

During their investigation into the attack, police discovered a grow-op on the dog owner’s property and obtained a search warrant for the home. They found a “commercial-style” operation with 262 plants in the basement.

The upper level had a lab producing weed oil using an isopropyl alcohol-based extraction procedure — a volatile and highly flammable solvent.

“These types of extraction labs are dangerous due to their propensity to cause fires and explosions,” says Cst. Shaun Foley.

Kai Niels Lind-Rasmussen, 31, is being sought on charges of marijuana production and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

His whereabouts are unknown, but police think he may be either in the Kootenay or in Calgary.

They’re asking him to turn himself into police, and for anyone who knows where he is to contact them.