$4,000 fine for hunter who mistook therapy dog for a wolf

Fine for therapy dog killing

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service announced Thursday that a Squamish man has been fined over $4,000 and banned from hunting for four years in connection with the shooting death of a therapy dog near Lake Lucille in 2017.

Valley Calderoni, founder of Canine Valley rehabilitation centre, was walking her dog, Kaoru, and nine other dogs from the centre on Sept. 18 when the dog was suddenly shot.

Conservation officers say the man had mistaken the dog for a wolf.

The event occurred in the management area 2-7 and there is no wolf hunting in that specific area, a conservation service officer told Glacier Media at the time.

"It is a hunter’s responsibility to be cognizant of their surroundings & know the [regulations], the Tweet from the Conservation Officer Service said on Thursday.

Court records show the hunter was found guilty of two charges under the Wildlife Act — hunting wildlife out of season and hunting without consideration.

The hunter was ordered to pay $3,000 in fines and $1,500 in restitution. The amounts are due on Aug. 31.

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