Killaloe – Following the shooting last year of a hunting dog, Wayne Hoffman, 64, of R.R. 4, Killaloe, has been placed on probation for one year and also ordered to pay restitution to the dog owner, as well as make a charitable donation to the Renfrew County OSPCA.

Police charged him last year with killing or injuring an animal after a hunting dog was found shot in the Ruby area of Bonnechere Valley Township on Tuesday, November 2.

According to the initial police report, Mr. Hoffman was charged by Ontario Provincial Police at Killaloe after police were notified that the owner of a young hunting dog had located the dog deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

The court case came to a conclusion this summer with Justice Michael March at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke issuing a 12-month probation period with conditions including Mr. Hoffman must not possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code. This includes a BB gun, pellet gun, firearm, imitation firearm crossbow, prohibited or restricted weapon, ammunition or explosive substance or anything designed to be used or intended for use to cause death or injury or to threaten or intimidate any person. The caveat for this is unless he is with someone with a valid PAL.

Mr. Hoffman was also ordered to make a charitable donation of $500 to the Renfrew County OSPCA by August 21, 2022, and make restitution of $1,800 to Dennis McGrath, the owner of the dog, by August 21, 2022.

Other probation conditions are to keep the peace and be of good behaviour, as well as notify the court or probation officer of any change of name or address. The probation order applies in Canada and outside of Canada.