Dogs Amber

Dogs Amber

Deaths of two dogs under investigation

The BC SPCA has begun an investigation after two dogs were allegedly shot and killed in Elkford on Friday, May 1.

The BC SPCA has begun an investigation after two dogs were allegedly shot and killed in Elkford on Friday, May 1.

The owner of the dogs, Jen Bryant, said that the incident occurred after her son accidentally left their back gate open, prompting the dogs to go into the neighbour’s yard, killing that individual’s chickens.

The Bryant’s family friend Aaron Hunink said that he saw the dogs in the yard and after shooing them away, he watched the dogs walk back towards their owner’s house.

Hunink however noted that later that evening he saw the two dogs in the back of the neighbour’s truck and he and his girlfriend Ashley Cook followed the truck 8-10 kilometres north of Elkford in an attempt to intervene.

Hunink claimed that after stepping out of his truck he heard a gunshot and he and Cook walked down a trail to find one dog dead and the other injured.

“We were yelling at him to stop,” Hunink said. “I was going to jump in but when a guy has a gun, you don’t jump in.”

It was at that point that the neighbour shot the other dog, Hunink said.

Hunink took photos of the deceased dogs and brought them to the Elkford police station, later telling the family of the incident.

“It’s pretty devastating,” Bryant said. “I think anybody that loses an animal would know that feeling.”

She added, “We’re not saying our dogs were innocent. They shouldn’t have been out of the yard and they definitely shouldn’t have killed those chickens but we would have bought a hundred chickens to save them. There are other ways to handle the situation.”

The mother of four said that the loss of the dogs has impacted her family tremendously.

“My son isn’t even at school today,” said Bryant. “My four-year-old is devastated. She still asks where the dogs are.”