SASKATOON - A Saskatchewan family hopes police will lay criminal charges against their neighbours who, they say, killed their daughter's dog.
Fiona Price said Thursday that their one-year old St. Bernard, a clumsy, gentle pooch named Bentley, had never been aggressive and there was no reason to shoot him.
The dog ran up a mound of snow, over a fence, and into the neighbour's pasture east of Saskatoon last month.
Price said a person on the property came out with a gun and ordered the dog off the land. She said her two youngest daughters, 9 and 12, ran home screaming.
Price said she called RCMP as 16-year-old Lianne pulled on her boots and ran outside to fetch her pet.
She said the dog was shot just meters away from where her daughter was standing.
Price said her husband, Michael, was running through the deep snow and screaming when he heard the gunshot. He then saw his oldest daughter lying on top of her dog. "His first reaction was she was the one who was injured."
Saskatoon RCMP say they have investigated the case and forwarded it to the Crown's office to determine if charges should be laid.
The neighbours and their lawyer refused to comment on the matter.
Price cried as she recalled the events. She said Bentley was a friendly dog and only wanted to run around with other animals on the neighbours' land — some horses, a llama and a donkey.
"He he was just wanting to play that day," she said. "He was just wagging his tail and even when he got shot he was still just wagging."
— By Chris Purdy in Edmonton