Dog shot in Charlie Lake

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Police have no suspects after a dog was shot and killed near the owner’s property in Charlie Lake.

The shooting happened Wednesday and Fort St. John RCMP say they were notified after the owner found her dog lying in the ditch next to her property. It had been shot in the neck.

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Police say they have been investigating the incident but currently have no witnesses or suspects at this time.

They say although there are certain situations in which someone can shoot a dog, such as if the dog is threatening livestock or a person, none of those circumstances appear to have taken place.

Under the Canadian Criminal Code, anyone who is convicted of an indictable offence for wilfully killing an animal can face up to five years in jail. However, if the person is convicted of a lesser charge, he or she can face a fine up to $10,000 or jail time up to 18 months.

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140.

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