A Winnipeg woman has been fined $400 after two dogs she was walking were allowed to run free and fatally mauled a deer. Janice Rosen, 41, pleaded guilty to breaching a provision of the Wildlife Act in connection with the Nov. 3, 2013 incident.
Rosen was walking the dogs, described in court as a shepherd cross and a shepherd husky along Saskatchewan Avenue, approaching Moray Street, when she let the animals off their leashes. The animals were out of Rosen’s sight when a witness saw them take down and maul a white-tailed deer, Crown attorney Terry McComb told court. The witness approached Rosen, the only other person in the area, and asked if the animals belonged to her. Rosen didn’t immediately reply and the witness tried to intervene, “but the dogs were pretty large ... so he stayed in his vehicle,” McComb said.
Rosen was able to pull the dogs from the dying deer, brought them back to her car, and drove away. McComb said the witness took down Rosen’s licence plate number and reported the incident to Manitoba Conservation. Rosen was arrested two days later. Rosen initially thought the deer had been hit by a car, said defence lawyer Kathy Bueti.
Rosen normally walked the animals in a different area or let them run at an off-leash park, but wasn’t feeling well that day and wanted to go somewhere closer to home, Bueti said. “She was distraught and distressed by what happened,” Bueti said. “It was extremely isolated and situational in nature.”
Rosen has already suffered a financial penalty as a result of the incident. In May, she pleaded guilty to breaching two city animal bylaws and was fined $925.