WAG's rescued dog in 'remarkable' shape after a year in wild 

Ministry of Forests confirms it approved shooting of second 'feral' dog near remote campground

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CATHRYN ATKINSON - 'Feral' dog examined A dog rescued by WAG from remote Sloquet Hot Springs is looked at by Whistler vet David Lane and WAG staff. The dog's companion was shot.
  • Photo by Cathryn Atkinson
  • 'Feral' dog examined A dog rescued by WAG from remote Sloquet Hot Springs is looked at by Whistler vet David Lane and WAG staff. The dog's companion was shot.

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Broderick estimated the rescue cost $500, excluding vet fees, and involved around 30 people overall. She thanked everyone who helped and many others who volunteered.

Broderick said WAG would like to somehow honour the memory of the dead dog, which was one of the first shot since new regulations overseeing the culling of unwanted dogs were brought in following the killing of around 54 sled dogs in Whistler in April 2010.

Lorie Chortyk of the British Columbia Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the BCSPCA's approach would be "always to do the most humane thing for the animal" as the first option.

"In situations involving feral dogs, we always encourage individuals or groups to look at options like humane traps or engaging a veterinarian to assist with tranquilizing the animal," she said.

She confirmed that shooting a feral dog is not illegal, but must be done in a way "deemed 'humanely' under the law, with a single shot causing instantaneous death."

"It would not be a contravention of anything that we could intervene in and enforce, but it has to cause instantaneous death," Chortyk said.

She added that feral animals removed from human companionship for such an extended period would be hard to reintegrate "but that depends entirely on the dog."

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