Dogs running at large leads to fine

A Thunder Bay man has been fined $300 for letting his dogs run at large during the closed season for white-tailed deer.
John Hargreaves, 33, pleaded guilty.
Court heard that on Feb. 12, a forestry worker in the Gorevale Road area saw two dogs chasing deer in the area where he was working. He caught one of the dogs—a black Labrador Retriever cross.
From the licence number on the dog’s collar, he was able to call the owner, Mrs. Hargreaves, who came and picked up the dog.
The next day, a Gorevale Road resident saw two dogs attacking a deer. He chased the dogs, which he recognized as belonging to the Hargreaves, away from the deer.
On Feb. 16, the same forestry worker saw the same two dogs chasing a deer in the same area. He caught the same black Lab, which had blood on it, and called the Ministry of Natural Resources.
The ministry investigated and charged John Hargreaves.
Justice of the Peace Bob Michels heard the case April 6 in Thunder Bay.
The public is encouraged to help protect Ontario’s natural resources by reporting violations to their local MNR office or to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).