A Bonaparte Plateau rancher who shot a neighbour's dog after it chased her cattle will appeal her conviction.
Ruth Robinson appeared in provincial court Thursday seeking to delay a letter of apology she was directed to write to her neighbour by sentencing judge Chris Cleaveley.
Crown lawyer Alex Janse said the appeal filed in B.C. Supreme Court is expected to be heard before the end of the year.
Cleaveley found Robinson guilty of shooting her neighbour's dog, Bud, after it briefly chased her cattle.
Cleaveley ruled in July that Robinson had options other than shooting Wayne Beck's dog. The Leonberger, a giant European breed, was sniffing at dead fish at the lakeshore of Sharpe Lake when Robinson shot and killed it.
The sentencing judge gave her a conditional discharge along with a $1,500 victim fine surcharge.
Robinson said testified she felt threatened by the dog and was ensuring it didn't attack when she shot it.
B.C. Cattlemen's Association is seeking changes to the Livestock Act after the ruling, saying ranchers need more clarity when they can pull the trigger on threatening domestic animals.